Sunday, June 29, 2014

Backyard Visitors

How fortunate I am to spend a lazy day
Looking out across my gardens, trees and shrubs.
We planted these to maximize their attributes 
From every vantage point inside or out:
Their scent and shape, bloom and texture, what winged ones seek.

Today—a tranquil Sunday—is perfumed with pine,
The residue of laying mulch delights me still!
A grosbeak flits behind my back; I turn in time
To see him give his mate first dibs at our feeder,
Full this morning, but now below the half-way mark. 

Skittish with me so close by, his red breast flashes;
A black and white whirly-gig, he speeds across the yard.
His plain brown mate, more trusting, takes a seed or two
And coasts downwind to quench her thirst from one of two
Small pools as if to say: “Men can be rude, you know!”

Dueling hummingbirds protect their turf mightily.
Are they mad at me for feeding them a nectar
More dilute than early spring, or do they notice?
How blessed I am with time enough to watch my guests
Eat, drink, and frolic through my garden greenery. 

8 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you. A truly beautiful encapsulation of the magic in your garden. (Monday morning here.)

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Well done.

I envisioned a bird paradise, and as my blog (and home and business) is named Finch Rest - well I kinda love your writing here! : - )

Thank you for this gift. have a wonderful week.

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

Thanks EC,
Magic, yes! Top of the morning to you! Vickie

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

Hi Michele,
Glad you stopped by. I'm late today but heading out to visit my blog friends. Thanks for your kind words...I'll see you at your place. Vickie

Bookie said...

Sounds like a lovely and lifting oasis out your door! Here today is so unbearably hot and humid we were driven in very early. I am glad you can enjoy your yard!

Vicki said...

Lovely!
You are blessed indeed :)

Valerie said...

what lovely pictures you paint with your words. I love watching the birds in my garden too.
Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

Susan said...

Ohhhh, that sounds like a delightful way to spend an afternoon, Vickie.

I don't have hummingbirds coming to our house (But I wish I did.) Susan