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Welcoming Spring

On my walk today, I saw my first robin. It appeared perplexed and it might have good reason for feeling that way. It is supposed to get cool with snow, possibly accumulating over the next days.

I imagine food is at a premium for robins now, unlike the magpie I saw a few steps further along the path.

A sign of spring–

A robin walks someone’s fence,

Anxious and tentative.

It moves cautiously,

Not taking flight

Less concerned with me, than food.

Winter ground cold,

No food in the hardpan–

No earthworms tilling the soil.

Image from All About Birds © Christopher L. Wood

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

15 responses »

  1. Happy Spring, Ivon! Oh, how wonderful when that snow starts to melt and our beautiful songbirds return. A perfect announcement of their arrival in your poem. 🙂

  2. Birds are a sure sign of spring here in the mountains, even better at prediction that the budding leaves.

    • They are. The other day we saw our first Canada Goose of the spring. When we used to go to the farm at this time of the year, there was a pair of mating Bald Eagles. The have an intuitive compass and clock.

  3. Sweet. I hope s/he found something to eat and I hope the weather warms up soon.

    • After I wrote the poem, I saw a second one flying with something in its mouth. I wondered if they are more focused on nest building now. It is going to be cool for a few days. It is spring time in Alberta.

  4. With our snow and cold temperatures here in Saskatchewan, the lone goose I saw this week will feel like packing his (her?) bags and heading back south… I know it is coming eventually, and can’t wait for those robins to hop around in their worm-gathering dance again.

    • I keep looking at the weather in Edmonton and it would not be “hoodie” weather for my walks. It is here. It will come, but it seems to have been a long winter.

      • For sure. Have you been plagued by tent caterpillars out there? They’ve been terrible here for the past few years. I am sincerely hoping that this late spring will dampen their impact. It would make the price we pay for delayed warm weather a little more tolerable.

      • I have not seen them, but they might be more abundant as you move away from the city. I agree that a cool spring can slow their reproduction down.

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