Safe in Spring

Male-American-Robin-on-nest-©-Ann-MacRae 2


I still have hope..even against everything I read and hear on the internet.
The Robins in my garden are building nests..
They chatter to themselves busily…hauling building supplies
back and forth.
Some unwound yarn strings, dry strands of who knows what, or
where they found them;
dead useless things are being recycled into baby bird incubators and bassinets.

Spring is a time to take hope.
New things bloom and old things reincarnate once again
Robins and Tanagers stay focused on the needs at hand.
Working feverishly, flying over there and building over here,
Soon the rains will come in earnest.
Babies will be hatching among the twigs and fibers, feathers, and their siblings
safe and warm in their nests.
They are shielded by their parents who rotate their shifts,
one staying home and the other looking for food.
Thunder cracks the silence of the afternoon and small rain drops begin to fall.
For just a few minutes, I feel hopeful…
as safe as a baby robin,
peering out from the safety of its’ nest.

Karima Hoisan
April 14th 2017
San Isidro, Costa Rica.


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12 Responses to Safe in Spring

  1. Scottius says:

    Here in town, we have a colony of monk parakeets who have been displaced by the latest construction project. Therefore when walking the dogs, I saw some of them flying with twigs in their beaks looking to build in new places, it was an encouraging sight. Have to keep going on despite the madness, just like your poem says. 🙂


    • Wow, thanks for this great comment and your observations of the monk parakeets Scottius. Yes, that is exactly the message, and sometimes, it IS ok to just feel a few moments of safety and security while the madness howls around the corners of your house. Nature can help us do that:)


  2. Amira says:

    Ohhh… yes, Spring theater has this effect on me too. Lovely hopeful thoughts. Thank you Karima for the reminder to go look for it now. 🙂


  3. Thank you Amira! What a lovely phrase..”Spring theater.” I suggest everyone go out and see this hopeful play:)


  4. daleinnis says:

    Hope is definitely a valuable thing right now, and Spring always does have that feeling; thanks for the lovely words (and a great picture! Fierce!).


  5. menubar says:

    Love the pic of the crazy happy baby. It’s a good thing the parents didn’t build a mirror in the bathroom.


  6. ronald174 says:

    That’s a great photo! Your words echo the hopes of Robin parents. Newness…..pulse of survival….and the endless cycle of life reinventing itself. Everything here is fuel and material for the future!


  7. Hoyt Heron says:

    This is a most inspiring and uplifting poem! A very Zen-like approach to the crazy sphere we inhabit. You must have been a bird in another life. Because you describe the inner workings of their endeavors perfectly. But then again, that is what a poet does. Great work!


  8. Thank you Hoyt!! Yes Nature is the perfect psychiatrist for our modern world traumas..we don’t even need to make an appointment, just stop and observe it now and then.:)


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