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Birthday Blessing

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are you a gift?      
my little chickadee
wings, pillow soft
flit-flutter beating
be-stilling my heart

touch down
with a pin-prick patter
tiny claws tickle my palm
your feather belly begs
for a gentle stroke

all dressed for dinner
black-capped, black bib
fancy little fellow
you stare at me in wonder
between pecks and nibbles

I stare at you in awe
blessed by your presence
lost in your charm
you are a gift
my little chickadee

For today’s Poetics, Ingrid has shared poems of gratitude and asked us to “write a poem about a special gift you have received at some time in your life.” Feel free to join in with us over at dVerse Poets Pub. Last year on my birthday, I asked my son to take me to a provincial park, to a special spot where visitors can feed the chickadees. For me, it was a most memorable gift of nature.


8 responses »

  1. This is lovely. Birds are smarter than we think. Once an exotic bird fell in love with me, put its claws into my sweater and telescoped her neck up to peer lovingly into my eyes, then lay her head on my chest. Oh my goodness. Such a blessing.

  2. How lovely! ‘Chickadee’ was a pet name I gave my son when he was little, so your poem brought extra smiles for me 🙂

  3. Birds are very special and it’s wonderful when they make friends with you, land on your hand or shoulder or, in the case of the robins in our garden visit you regularly. I like the use of onomatopoeia in ‘flit-flutter beating’ and the addition of alliteration in ‘’pin-prick patter’.

  4. What a lovely gift, this. Lovely. Blessing you.

  5. Such a cool experience to be gifted with…birds bring joy!

  6. Adorable piem Mish.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog.


  7. This showed up in my inbox on my birthday. It was nice to see


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