Sunday, November 20, 2016

Call of the motherly instinct

                                                                                                  Attribution: Laitche
Image: Barn Swallow Feeding its Young (here)

the 12 given words:  
call righteous work hold keys 
pattern lies feed ends drop flat easy

Call of the motherly instinct
Righteous work that holds the key
to love patterns of living things
Therein lies the responsibility
Whereby right from birth
To feed the baby bird outright
Will mean scouring Mother Earth
for edibles to provide

Such is the irk
for not being blessed
with the goodness of mother's milk
Instead mother bird is hard pressed
endlessly for likely substitutes
To be dropped into waiting mouths
berries or worms as food
even at great speed flat out

Such is the ingenuity
for continuance of the progeny
Mother bird has to fast intrude daily
and makes it look so easy

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl's Wordle #275 and
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #329


  1. I only know too well that motherly instinct Hank but unfortunately it falls on deaf ears.
    Great post, a pleasure to read.

  2. Mother's make it look easy indeed, at least the good ones.

  3. Birds definitely know how to mother their babies!

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    much love...

  5. Well thought out. "Motherly instinct" - "Mother Earth
    for edibles to provide"

  6. I love this poem, and the indefatigable mother birds that somehow manage to get their babies fed. Good one, Hank.

  7. A mother bird's tenacity is amazing. Pity more human mother's don't possess that.