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The Nest

The Nest I first saw the hen as she flew Up to the raised bed in front of the school. I thought it was odd she was there, With so much activity at the entrance. The second time I saw her, I decided to see what she was up to. Imagine my surprise when I found A cleverly hidden nest containing ten eggs. I questioned her choice of location, But, what do I know about building a nest? I watched closely from the window for a week. But now, so did others. The kids were bright, and nosey. Soon, several knew the secret. When I came to school on Monday, I found the eggs had been thrown About the drive and against the brick. The efforts of the expectant hen and drake Had been spoiled by someone. I could almost understand if it had Been a skunk or possum that Needed the eggs for survival. But to be wasted…was senseless! If you know anything about school and kids, You know that someone came to me with a name. And that person gave me another name. Soon, I had three kids in my office. And a choice to make… Should I break them like the eggs They had strewn and spoiled? Or, should I protect them and watch Them grow as I would the duckling Had they hatched? And then, on cue, the pair flew down From the nest and waddled away From their loss. I watched with the children, And after a few moments, Made an observation. “They’re just like parents… walking away From the spot where they lost their Entire family…Every child… Imagine how they must feel!” Their eyes filled with tears. They left my office with compassion, And, a newly acquired appreciation of nature… The nest was not a total loss.

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  1. Date: 5/19/2013 2:11:00 PM
    Beautiful pen. I enjoyed it. Many congrats to you on your fine win. AO

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 5:58:00 PM
    Congratulations with your awesome poem. Ray, thanks for supporting my contest. always~ LINDA

  1. Date: 4/11/2010 10:20:00 PM
    A fine narrative poem. Congrats on the win

  1. Date: 4/10/2010 10:04:00 AM
    If all supervisors were as wise as you are in your poem, children would be better off for it. Congratulations. Joyce

  1. Date: 4/10/2010 7:31:00 AM
    What a heartbreaking poem, such tenderness in every word, and yes...such a thing would make us care, and appreciate a little more than before. Well done, Ray! Congratulations on placing in the contest! Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 4/10/2010 7:16:00 AM
    Congrats Ray on your winning poem and placement in Debbie's contest.. a wonderful write and special win for a lovely story told in poetry as only u can do... my co writing friend.. luv.. "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 4/6/2010 4:46:00 PM
    Was it a duck? Is a female duck also called a hen!? I hate not knowing stuff...educate me..please...have you checked the symbolic meaning of a duck or a pair of ducks? A pair of Mandarin Ducks symbolize happiness in love and suggestive of romance, devotion, affection, conjugal fidelity, togetherness and enduring love. ...IF we are talking ducks and not chickens? so cool about chickens!

  1. Date: 3/31/2010 6:58:00 PM
    Creative well expressed. enjoyed the read.

  1. Date: 3/23/2010 9:59:00 AM
    Thank you for sharing your poetry with us today Ray. I enjoyed reading this piece. Wishing you the best in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/22/2010 4:53:00 PM
    Very expressive and emotive with great compassion. You who had wisdom on how to handle a bad situation and God opened the door for the handling of a bad situation. Then you used that to teach or disciple the children. That will always stick with them and I believe all will be better for the lesson. Keep the creative pen flowing. Sara

  1. Date: 3/22/2010 4:43:00 PM
    Wow, Ray! You handled this perfectly, teaching the children compassion and respect for life. I hope they always remember what they learned from you. A beautifully written poem that gave me tears too. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/22/2010 1:29:00 PM
    cute poem, enjoyed reading today.