"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw
"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Magpie Tales #111 Spring Building


image: ParkeHarrison




He weaves so deftly and with care
This home of soft twigs and grasses
Remembering generational skills
Taught so well as a child
Now it's his turn
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20 comments:

Stephen Hayes said...

Very interesting to read a poem and see an image where the male is the nest builder providing sanctuary for the next generation rather than the female.

Brian Miller said...

and we carry forward the home life we grew up in...for better or worse...

Other Mary said...

Thanks for ditching the word verification! I did too :o)
Really good, compact write!

Little Nell said...

So true - the nesting instinct - passing on the skills of those who have gone before.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

We often forget the fathers role in raising children, passing on skills and knowledge.

Anna :o]

Tess Kincaid said...

I like to think good generational skills are passed from one to another...

thingy said...

A very thoughtful piece, Kathe.

Helen said...

Those of us fortunate to have good role models ... we know how to build our nests, don't we?

Carrie Burtt said...

Kathe I love this....mine is slightly similar in a way...you will see. :-)

kaykuala said...

A house husband is very common these days. We forget it is more physical at home than the office.

Hank

~T~ said...

Hooray for instinct! Stephen and Hank, aren't the best homes built by two?

Gail said...

Beautiful...some male birds are nest builders. You described the process so wonderfully.

I'm glad I clicked your link.

Tumblewords: said...

Thoughtful, exacting and so very special.

Jinksy said...

I'm in favour of all nest builders...

Kat Mortensen said...

I really like this approach that you took. I especially liked the last line. Very reflective.

Sue said...

One always hopes the generational skills are worth passing along...

Nice write.

=)

Helena said...

I really liked this one, felt it had a security factor to it!

We had blue tits nesting in our garden one year and over the weeks could not believe the amount of commitment that the pair took over their home - especially once the eggs hatched!

rel said...

I think he needs a roof or a poncho.
But maybe I'm too hedonistic. ;)
rel

moondustwriter said...

It is good to see that some species look to care for their young
~ mine was a bit jaded
Merciless games

Linda said...

A lovely piece. It's amazing all that we absorb in our youth that we don't realize until later.