January sparrows

upside-down sparrows
clown their delight
in bright berries –
all thronging songs
and fluffed-up browns –
bending stems in
ravenous affection
to the ground

© Sarah Whiteley

I’ve been watching the sparrows and robins attack the red berries across the street – no idea what the bush is, but it seems to bear their weight with good humor at least, always bouncing back and never breaking. I get a kick out of the sparrows especially, as they seem to have no concept of right-side up in the midst of their feasting frenzy – completely comical!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! And I’ll be swinging by shortly to catch up on some reading!



15 thoughts on “January sparrows

  1. with the cold temps, our birds have kept us busy filling the feeders – have had so many dive, sparrows, finches etc – love to hear them in the cedars – happy to read your beautiful words – happy new year – may it be filled with good things for you! K

  2. Wonderful to find a such a beautiful poem from you again, Sarah!
    Have a Happy and Healthy New Year, may it be filled with love and laughter.
    groetjes, Francina

    1. we have little bushtits in the neighborhood and they’re some of my favorite birds to watch – love the little songbirds 🙂 glad you enjoy yours as well! Happy New Year!

  3. No evidence of a single bird here among the deep snows of Maine..hard as the red berries on a bush outside my window try to attract them….

    “Bending stems in ravenous affection…” the deep “dip” of a couple dancing the tango came immediately to mind! Glad you’re back, Sarah. Happy new year.

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