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Upon a Bed of Petals

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Upon a Bed of Petals

On a pile of fragrant petals,
I found a small bird nest.
It had fallen from the plum tree 
And settled there to rest.

The blue eggs were all unbroken,
Petals had softened fall.
Mother bird was loudly chirping,
Hovering over all.

I dared not touch the fallen nest
To leave a human smell.
I merely looked into its depths
To see that all was well.

Pushing bright petals around it
To hide it from plain view,
I gave a wave to mother bird
And said, “It’s up to you.”

I did not chance that way again
For a full month or more. 
I stopped to check upon the nest
That had been there before.

The eggs were gone, the fallen nest
Was lying all askew.
I worried that bad had happened
To the small eggs of blue.

And then I heard a happy sound
And spied the mother bird.
A message passed from her to me
Without a single word.

I took her song as a thank you
For my feeble attempt
To guard her nest from predators
Who’d treat it with contempt.

There were four balls of downy fluff
On the branch right by her side.
I stopped to admire her little brood,
Then went on with my ride.





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  1. Date: 4/16/2013 1:50:00 PM
    Congrats on your win Joyce

    Oyewole Avatar Abdulhafeez Oyewole
    Date: 4/16/2013 1:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    yeah, now won
  1. Date: 4/15/2013 9:19:00 PM
    Hi Joyce, congratulations with your beautiful poem. A very lovely winning poem in Gail's contest. take care * xox-PD

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 7:20:00 PM
    Joyce you did it again. So good, another mentor or me to follow! J

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 1:16:00 PM
    I really enjoyed your poem Joyce. Congratulations on a fine win.

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 12:34:00 PM
    wow Joyce this is great, ...Seren

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 10:59:00 AM
    Congratulations Joyce, you are such a good writer and your work is such a pleasure to read xx

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 11:45:00 AM
    Good piece... It flows well... all the best~A.O

  1. Date: 4/2/2013 8:32:00 PM
    Well there was a happy ending to this cute little poem ;} nicely worded Joyce.