Thursday, April 16, 2015

Caliology

Birds Nest by David Hess

The male robin sings.
The female gathers

twigs and grass
and waits for rain.

Then, with mud in her beak,
she weaves and spackles,

sculpting and shaping -
her nest taking

the curve of her heat,
the weight of her wings,

and three blue eggs.
The male robin sings.

Caliology -the study of bird nests

20 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Hmmm, males are the same in all species aren't they!! Love it, as always!! Have a great weekend, MZ!!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is spectacular..! :D
Loved it!
xoxo

Buddah Moskowitz said...

I like that all throughout this work of the female robin, all the male does is sing. What is unspoken is all this work is done in preparation for the eggs that can only come about because of the singing male. Great, ironic write.

Gillena Cox said...

guess someone has to do the singing; better the male robin


much love...

Susie Clevenger said...

What is birth without a song? :) Love your nest building.

Hannah said...

The robin story you create for this nest is perfection, MZ!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Very wonderful. This is the image that spoke to me, too. Such industry, these little birds display.

Björn Rudberg said...

Sounds like a fair way to split work :-)

Fireblossom said...

Everyone wants to be with the singer! ;-)

Marion Lawless said...

Perfection! Every year I watch Bluebirds claim the 4 houses in my yard, then build their nests. Such blue, flying so freely, so confidently, always brings me to tears. xo

Sioux said...

Boy birds... They're pretty, but beyond that, pretty worthless.

humbird said...

Got it. Ths.:)

Ella said...

This is delightful~

Magaly Guerrero said...

He better keep a delightful tune if he isn't going to help in the nest building...

Outlawyer said...

Super charming and subtly sharp. (Mine is very long so do not feel obligated to read! ) k.

Sara McNulty said...

New word for me. I love 'sculpting and weaving her nest.'

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

By the time this comes to its conclusion, it works almost as a folk tale. Lovely!

Other Mary said...

I adore the irony here.

Lolamouse said...

Ha! I don't think you're really talking about birds here, are you?!! Or maybe the it applies to ALL species: the female does all the work, and the male runs his mouth! Thanks for participating in the prompt!

grapeling said...

this is super cool, MZ ~