Carolina Wren

Video uploaded by Wildbird50

Amongst the trailing vines
and brush lain on the ground,
is found an impish bird, a
shape of squatting round.

Strong in presence,
though tiny and quick,
distinct, white eyebrows curve
over beaded, black blinks.

Plump, though with charm,
he trills a rapid staccato
that sounds like teakettle,
loud, insistent with alarm.

Agile, cheerful, lively,
with short, bobbed tails that cock up
and down, they’re dainty and yet,
possess formidable personality.

Their orangey, cream breasts
show up in bright relief against
the deep red of the Hibiscus.
Cinnamon brown spices up the rest.

Barred markings on tail and wing,
patterned design is appended.
Hopping, flitting, trilling, scolding,
staking his territory as he sings.

The woods, forests, wherever
trees grow dense, offer him
a tangled haven of nesting
vegetation and ample cover.

Scaling trunks of the tall,  scrub pine
searching for insects with swift,
sure jabs of his strong, short beak,
his success is sufficient for the family’s dine.

A most enthralling bird,
I admire with fascination
and with equal veneration.  He’s
the opposite of me…he isn’t demure.

These birds are common in my yard here in Central Florida.

Joining in with the prompt today at dVerse Poets–The Object is Poetics:

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  1. what a very cool capture of them…my fav lines….he trills a rapid staccato
    that sounds like teakettle…that has a fun rhythm to it…i can def visualize him…


  2. … squatting round… impish … sounding like teakettle … he isn’t demure

    such a fun capture of his personality!! Great write, Gayle!! 🙂


  3. A comprehensive portrait. I feel I know them now as well as you. Excellent work.


  4. How we humans are attracted by these beings that defy gravity and move so lightly in the world. Their beauty of flight often only matched by their splendor of exterior design and harmony of color. You have captured wonderfully the dainty beings that inhabit your world. Lucky you! 🙂


  5. Yes, lucky you to have these birds in your yard right now, to serve as inspiration to poetry!


  6. You’ve captured nicely the equal parts puckish and cute character of this little fellow!


  7. I love birds… watching their mannerisms and rejoicing in their beauty. You have drawn a vivid picture in my mind.


    • I do too…and are lucky to have other family members who share my love of birding. We all rejoice in their beauty and fascinating behaviors.


  8. Lovely capture of a delightful little bird. The Humming birds here have always fascinated me. They do things at speed of light, so it seems. Beautiful.


    • We have to go to specific areas to find Hummingbirds…they aren’t prevalent in our neighborhoods…but oh, to see one…I get so excited! And they do move with amazing speed…


  9. We hear them sometimes in Port Aransas. We’re on one species migration path. We get the small green warblers too; they’re hard to see but they have wonderful songs. Great description and poetry here. Loved it.


    • Many times, I hear birds before I see them…I guess that’s have to follow their voices sometimes to be lucky enough to catch a glimpse. Thanks, Gay.


  10. thats a cute looking bird, thanks for a vivid description of your tiny guest.

    love and hugs.


  11. What a great poem and I love the video. His movements are so choppy and quick. It’s cute how he stops eating every few seconds to scan his environment. Guess he doesn’t want anyone sneaking up on him 🙂


    • Thank you, Sheila…a nice short video so everyone could see their cuteness. No, all birds hate anything/one sneaking up on them! 😉


  12. Thank you Gayle! I love most birds. (There are a few that have caused a problem now and again) Wonderful write about this one. My favorite here in WA is the Chickadee.


    • I’m an avid bird lover…lucky not to have any problem birds around me…but recently in the news was a man who likes to feed vultures! He was attracting so many to his neighborhood that they were causing huge problems with their stinky poop all over people’s homes and driveways. Can you imagine?!

      I love those darling Chickadees too as well as their cousin the Tufted Titmouse…I love their very cute vocals.


  13. Loved the video and “shape of squatting round” was perfect! You definitely did this fluffy little guy justice. I agree with what the others have said, you’ve managed to capture his personality perfectly! There was some really good alliteration in this one, Gayle. A very lyrical write! You know, in Celtic legends, the wren is the bird “king” and considered sacred. 🙂


    • They’re so cute aren’t they. I didn’t know that about wrens in Celtic legends..they are special little birds. 🙂 I love them all…colorful or plain.


  14. Anonymous

     /  February 12, 2012

    This is perfect. Lovely, lovely poem and the sentiments “facination” and “veneration” are so accurate. How beautifully you work is coming along.

    Thanks for the intro to a new-to-me bird, Gayle.

    May we have the honor of reblogging this on Gypsy’s site? All links and credits as appropriate. I’ll check back for your response.

    Hugs! 😉


    • Thanks so very much, Jamie, I’m very grateful for your lovely compliment for my work. Really very kind of you to say.

      You know your latest postings came through as “Anonymous” and I didn’t realize who you were until this hint mentioning “Gypsy’s site” and another comment (I now see) you signed off with your name. Yes, of course, you can re-blog this…I would be most honored.

      Hugs for you… 🙂



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