Poetry Friday: Filling the Feeder

This time of year the birdfeeders don’t stay filled for long. Cardinals and chickadees vie for space. Squirrels wait patiently, or not so patiently, for treats to scatter. I use a combination of different types of feed – fruits and berries and nuts – that produce such a delicious aroma I want to try it myself! I think I would enjoy it as much as they do.

Filling the Feeder

I tread
over frozen grass
to the feeder.

I settle the can,
lift the lid,
fill the air with lusciousness –
cranberries, blueberries,
bits of orange
mingle with cashews, peanuts,
sunflower seeds

I scoop,
scatter,
sniff, sniff, sniff

Oh-
to be among my feathered friends
and all the delectable deliciousness

Sylvia has today’s poetry roundup at Poetry for Children where you can also find a sneak peek at the poetry books coming out in 2021.

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12 Responses to Poetry Friday: Filling the Feeder

  1. Mitchell Linda says:

    A post that’s a feast for the eye and nose….the idea of the delicious smell makes me think of orange and cranberry (one of my favorite combinations). I like being with you as you scoop, scatter, scatter. I don’t have a birdfeeder. But, you make me feel as if I do.

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  2. tee+d says:

    We got black sunflower seeds for the birds’ Christmas present, and we are now filling every other day!!! They’re insatiable! But giving me much joy in a dark time.

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  3. Rose, appreciations for reminding me I’m out of seed ~ having been tossing out bread crumbs & the leaving at the bottom of our (non-sugared) cereal boxes like shreeded wheat biscuits. Even tho we are in North Florida, one nite soon a forecast calls for 28 F. ‘
    Birdies need helpers like you & your kind poem.

    Jan/Bookseedstudio

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  4. A very visual and beautiful poem, Rosemary! Thank you for sharing! (I need to put food in my feeders as well!)

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  5. lindabaie says:

    I love this, Rose. I have not had a feeder for a long time, since I moved several years ago, and received one for Christmas. I just bought a new pole for it today & now look forward “to be among my feathered friends
    and all the delectable deliciousness” – You’ve brought me a big smile this evening!

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  6. Lovely! How wonderful to offer your background neighbors such yummy treats! And then turn that into a poem, too! Thanks for sharing during our Poetry Friday gathering, too.

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  7. janicescully says:

    When I read this I thought of the woman in the movie Mary Poppins feeding the birds. “Oh–to be among my feathered friends.”

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  8. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Lucky, lucky birds to get such delicious treats. Thanks for taking us along. I felt like I was right there among your feathered friends as you scooped and scattered.

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  9. I love how caring for them turns into a wonderful moment of mindfulness for both you and the reader…

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  10. haitiruth says:

    Lovely! I’d love to see the birds this bounty will bring! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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