Each morning we sit here, a pair of old boots
grumbling and preening grey feathers
after a reveille of tweets and hoots
has awakened us, whatever the weather.
Anticipating a spring full of song,
I rasp a throaty coo, try to sing along
but in the corner of my beady eye I glimpse
grey squirrels bouncing on the garden fence,
flicking tails, teasing cats, shimmying up trees.
I shift my weight on a roof tile and concede
that I’m a grumpy pigeon warming in the sun,
content to observe the rest of nature having fun.
Kim M. Russell, 2017
Image found on rspb.org.uk
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: From Nature’s Point of View
Mish says it’s official, spring is here, and she would like us to give nature a voice by writing a poem from the perspective of one of nature’s gifts: a tree, a wildflower, a leaf in the wind or even through the eyes of a wise old owl. She wants us to think beyond personification, to get into character and show the world through new ‘eyes of nature’, together with scents, sounds and textures. There are many lessons to be learned from nature, so we could give our element of nature an opinion and let it speak through our poetry. We just have to remember to write from nature’s point of view.