Vacant Birdhouse

My response to dVerse Meeting the Bar: Critique and Craft poetry prompt.

I used this image to inspire a poem I posted back in October and have used the original poem as a springboard into Imagism.


The vacancy
of a weather-bleached birdhouse
hanging low
from the gnarled branch
of an aged apple tree
is more surprising
the warmth
of a moss-covered roof

© Kim M. Russell, 2016


23 thoughts on “Vacant Birdhouse

  1. This is absolutely beautiful. You’ve captured this genre of poetry very well. It does indeed look like a snug little house 🙂 I do so love reading everyone’s responses — so different — and I learn so much from reading others’. Loved this post!

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    1. I tried so hard to avoid any movement to stick to the guidelines for Imagist poetry. I didn’t realise how difficult it is to keep it motionless and simple.


    1. Thank you for your kind comments. The birdhouse is in our garden and I took a photo of it some months ago. I tried to emulate The Red Wheelbarrow. I hope I got close. 😊


      1. Come to think of it, the same goes on here…lots of bird feeders, lots of birds but our one lone bird house stays empty. I guess that means there’s lots of real estate available in all the trees and shrubs around!

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