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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 spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

11 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.


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