Monday, November 30, 2020


She rested in the light of the sun

But its warmth was beyond her reach,  

As the iced winds pushed against her

With the fury of an angry mob.


Though she sat quietly observing nature

She felt her intrusion disrupting,

Then a flock of rowdy starlings

Swooped in to the treetops around her.


She thought of her younger years

When dreams were gathered together,

And of her later years, when dreams

gathered dust like unused porcelain.


Then of her last years when dreams

Became the past and released to fly away,

Like a lovely group of mourning doves

Taking flight in a rush of wings.


She thought she’d take a rest from thought

And enjoy this commonest of days,

To let the spirit of winter embrace her

In its cloak of hallow sweet nothings.

She lingered awhile longer

Until she wore a crown of golden twilight,

And drifted in quiet acquiescence

As she sighed the softest of wistful sighs.

Can anyone identify this bird?

It showed up at the birdbath November 24.  
Maybe a type of warbler?
The birdbath is 16" in diameter.
The bird doesn't show up well in the photos,
as I was too far away and the leaf litter camouflages it,
but I included all its different poses.

I wrote.  I rewrote.  I rewrote the rewrote.  I rewrote the rewrote of the rewrote, and on, and on, and on.  Then I called it quits.  I'm a person of few words this week.

November 30, 10:00 am ~ It is sleeting outside my door, with a low in the 20's tonight.  Fall is definitely over.


  1. Hello, Yvonne

    Your photos and poem are lovely. Beautiful Autumn scenes, love the birds and the cute squirrels. Take care, have a happy new week!

  2. I loved your poem...very well written..some beautiful images of the season!

  3. Your mystery bird is an American Pipit (Anthus rubescens), known outside of North America as Buff-bellied Pipit. It is found in Tennessee in the winter only, so it may well have recently arrived in your locality. Nice bird to have in your yard!

    1. Thank you, David. Still looks like a warbler to me, but I'll take your word for it :)

  4. ...the images get nicer and nicer!

  5. I love your leave-pics and of course the cute, little squirrel.

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  7. Nice photos of autumn leaves. I like the cute squirrel. The bird is well camouflaged. Have a great weekend.

  8. Beautiful Autumn photos, love the squirrel...

  9. Love the beautiful poem and stunning fall captures, Yvonne!

    Happy Thursday!

  10. I like the poem! It's like life: bittersweet.
    You have here a beautiful collection of leaves. The leaf in the first photo is like a starfish.
    The squirrel seems to be the only one „disturbing” 😊 the peace of the place. She is wonderful in her agitation.
    I don't recognize the bird, but I like it.
    I wish you... everything you want. ❤️

  11. Hello, Yvonne

    Your poem is beautiful and a lovely collection of Autumn photos. Cute captures of the squirrels. I see David above has id your bird as a Pipit, a very nice yard bird. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great weekend. PS, thanks for leaving me a comment.

  12. I like your beautiful poem and wonderful pictures of nature.

  13. Dear Yvonne,
    I like the quiet melancholy of your poems. Very much! There is a saying in our language, I don't know whether this is also used in English: "Getting older is not for cowards." You are not a coward, it shines from your words. And I also really like the poetry of your autumn impressions.
    The squirrel is adorable - and photographically well captured by you! Unfortunately I don't know the bird ...
    I hope your Thanksgiving with Christmas-decoration was fine! :-)
    Have a wonderful second weekend in Advent! 🌟🕯️❄️☃️❄️🕯️🌟
    All the best, Traude
    PS 1: I am so sorry that your disc disease is causing you such pain. I have a friend (Monika) who suffers from similar problems and I therefore know well what that means. And you are as brave as Monika, who also tries to make her life as worth living as possible despite everything.
    PS 2: I read the English translation of my blog post and had to laugh when I read "Our neighbors used to have a hangover, but he passed away a few years ago" ... They didn't have a hangover, they had a male cat. (In German language it's the same word - "Kater" - for both ;-DDD)

  14. A very nice poem and a beautiful collection of Autumn photographs.

    All the best Jan

  15. What a wonderful poem - did you write it yourself? And amazing photos as well. The melancholy creeps in the soul this odd year while we cannot freely meet our beloved oned. Still - Happy Advent!

    1. It was not easy to write, but it is my own. Thank you and wishing you a Happy Advent.

  16. How lovely that you shared the wonderful poem and great autumn images! I don't see fallen leaves very often as I am mostly surrounded by pine trees.

    It's great to see your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

  17. Such a beautiful poem and photos. I especially love the ones of the squirrels.

  18. I don't know what bird that is, I'm sure someone else does! Your squirrel shots are great and such a nice poem! :)

  19. Beautiful leaves! Definitely a warbler, but not sure which one.

  20. Beautifully written poem and photos.
    Great squirrel images, they are wonderful.
    Have a wonderful new week.

  21. Love the poem and the fall footage that goes perfect with it

  22. A beautiful set of photos Yvonne. Your mystery bird is little like our Meadow Pipit that doesn't occur in North America. I think it's American Buff- bellied Pipit.

  23. Your photos are so beautiful! As is the poem.
    Yes, I'd take David's word for it. He's an amazing birder!!

  24. Great nature shots ~ wonderful capture of the squirrel ~ they are fast critters ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  25. Is that your garden? So much wildlife to see, watch and experience. Beautiful shots. Love it!

  26. Hi Yvonne, What a sweet poem. I enjoyed it and all your photos too. A very nice post indeed. The very last photo … Until Next Time … Stay Warm … Now THAT is PERFECT! :-) Thank you for sharing and for your kind comments on my blog. Take care and stay safe. John

  27. Oh Yvonne, those are fantastic, I love your Squirrel's, love 'em.

  28. i too thought it was a warbler but i see that david said otherwise!! i have never seen such a beautiful display of different autumn leaves and such. i have however seen the antics of a squirrel just like that, they are characters aren't they??

  29. Oh so many beautiful photos. Thank you

    Best regards

  30. Beautiful poem. I too thought it to be a drab Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler, but it does blend in so nicely with the foliage. A bird by any name is a bird to be welcomed and enjoyed!

    1. This is a late reply and no one will see it, but one flew away from me today in the backyard and I saw the yellow on it's rump. It is a Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler. Thank you.

  31. My favorite line is the unused porcelain. Lovely.


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