Unexpected Gifts

Gifts often come in unexpected ways

Ways undeserved and unpaid for

like the small woodland lying

just beyond our back deck

filled with tall trees reaching for the sky;

a home to squirrels and birds

who come to my feeder

on a cold January day


The house finch with his crimson red head

jockeying with the sparrows and titmice

for a place at the feeder


I watch the downy woodpecker

who gently dances down the wire

to the suet feeder hanging almost against

the glass of my living room window

He peaks in our open window and knows

all is well as he and she eat their fill…

Much less work than pecking into shedding bark

hoping to find a bug or termite hidden there


And then there is the cardinal

wearing a beautiful red coat

who competes with the wren

for seeds other birds wastefully pull out

as they mine for black oil sunflower seeds

hidden in the mix

Their scratching scatters seeds to the ground

where doves, squirrels, and towhees

“eat the crumbs from the master’s table”


Yes, some gifts cannot be bought with money

but leave me grateful, blessed,

and thankful beyond measure

on this January day

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Sanaa asked us to write about our January days and how we feel about them. I chose to write about all the beautiful birds that entertain me as I sit in my chair and watch them come and go. We own none of the trees behind us but enjoy the benefits of them being there every day, as the seasons change.

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Towers of Babel


How quickly time covers

structures once thought permanent

lost and forgotten

leaving them now crumbling

as nature swallows them up


Time and nature

having been here before us

will win in the end


As we foolishly

think our towers of babel

will be our answer



Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Nature’s Spice

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The mighty oak spreads high overhead against the sky

Loaded with thousands of acorns turning from hues of basil

to crushed chili pepper topped with shades of anise and coriander.

Leaves turn to cinnamon and paprika as they fall to the ground

to be crushed in a mortar of earth and ground with pestle of feet

bringing richness and spice, nature’s seasoning, to the soil below.

Acorns carpet bomb overwhelming the ground like falling peppercorns

Seeds for the future guaranteeing new growth

Providing food for squirrels and deer throughout the cold winter.

Some put down roots for the future of us all.

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Merril asked us to spice up our poems today by choosing three or more of the spices from a list she gave us. She said it could be related to cooking or how ever we wished to use them. I decided to use the metaphorically in nature.

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Labor Day

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Labor Day

Every day is Labor Day for my little Downy Woodpecker

All day long he comes to my suet feeder eating his fill

Back and forth he goes and sometimes she comes too

Sinking their beaks into fat, they pull out seeds

Emptying cage


Since this is Labor Day in the US, Lisa from d’Verse has given us the word labor as our Quadrille prompt. I can see, from my recliner, my cute little birds coming and going all day long enjoying the birdseed and suet cakes I put out for them. They labor very hard until all the good seed is gone. They flutter around in dismay when it gets empty, waiting for the refill. Reminds me the way government and politics sometimes works.

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Digital Woolly Worm

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I saw a green wooly worm today

sitting very still and pretty

Not your usual orange and black

but little itty-bitty

A digital worm I supposed,

from all those black antennae

I wondered what channel he listened to,

for there are so very many

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Quadrille day at d’Verse… the prompt is Wrap.  


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Hummingbird Feeding

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I planted a Purple Hyacinth outside my kitchen window, and it is now blooming. The beautiful purple blooms have attracted the hummingbirds. i have seen them a few times as I come and go in the Kitchen. This evening a female hummingbird was flitting about among the blossoms gathering nectar. I got my camera and thought I might get a shot or two, but she stayed and kept posing for my photos. I was very excited to get these beautiful shots to share with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Purple flower bloom

Inviting my hummingbird

Temperature soaring


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Photos: Dwight L. Roth