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Awaiting Robins

awaiting robins

in deep midwinter
I shoveled through
crisp cold cloudy hours
minutes falling tumbling
like snow flakes
day after day after day

lonesome for sunbeams
I thought of warmth
tingling my cheeks
losing myself in memories
of a deep endless sky blue
my ears full of birdsong

outside my windows
i watched frosty puffs of smoky angels
rise from my neighbors' chimneys
and disappear into white skies

week after week
snow blew out of the west
as I stirred pots of soup
and baked breads
and sipped steaming tea
and worked while
dreaming of robins
splashing in birdbaths

I bought birdseed yesterday
and soon my new feeder
will be ready to hang
outside my window —
a springtime welcome
for wrens and chickadees

across the driveway
my neighbor Goldie's
beautiful black raspberry bushes
rest next to her wood fence

they are just long
slender branches
leafless sticks
almost buried
still slumbering in snow

I wish them well
as I walk by
admiring their

spring's coming, i tell them,
recalling sweet summer tastes
shared across the fence
from Goldie's hand to mine

I relish those thoughts
recalling last season's
plump blackberries
and fat peaches
and juicy nectarines
and all the harvest feasts
at the farmers' market

what sweet dreams slumber
in my winter psyche
like Goldie's unborn raspberries?

which hopes of mine
are hibernating
in white stillness?

will my raspberry roots
be ready to grow
when spring warms my earth?

what new fresh soul fruits
will I harvest
in the summer sun?

© martha jane adams
february 28, 2011

posted on Feb 28, 2011 11:43 AM ()


What beautiful imagery!
comment by dragonflyby on Mar 30, 2011 7:53 AM ()
Thank you, Dottie — so nice of you to stop by. I'm pleased to say that I saw my first robins of the Northwest Ohio spring on Monday! Delighted!
reply by marta on Mar 30, 2011 9:10 AM ()
Haven't see any Robins in my area of Houston, but I love them. When I was a child and lived up in central Texas, we had them. I have Mocking birds, Cardinals, Blue Jays and lots of little brown birds. Oh Yes, Doves.
comment by nenah on Mar 4, 2011 7:47 AM ()
Our winter in Northwest Ohio was so cold and snowy so soon that the robins and all the songbirds flew off, and after months of no birds, I miss them all. Especially robins!
reply by marta on Mar 4, 2011 11:56 AM ()
Lovely! Reading about the blackberries and nectarines makes my mouth water. I'm oh so ready!
comment by solitaire on Mar 2, 2011 6:03 AM ()
Thanks, dear Randy. Every day we get closer!
reply by marta on Mar 2, 2011 6:12 AM ()
Spring is in the air, now if it would only land...
comment by anacoana on Mar 1, 2011 1:23 PM ()
Waiting with you, my friend!
reply by marta on Mar 1, 2011 5:58 PM ()
Oh my gosh, my yard was full of them this past weekend. I love seeing robins arrive then I know spring is just around the corner....but so is the pollen!
comment by gapeach on Feb 28, 2011 7:07 PM ()
Can't wait to see them return! Outside of my apartment windows are large pines, which attract some nesting pairs of robins every year. Also, today I saw my first insect, a tiny ladybug like critter, sunning itself on my bedroom window pane. So if the bugs are waking up, the bug eating robins can't be far behind.
reply by marta on Feb 28, 2011 8:44 PM ()
We are having a much better cold season than last year and bushes and flowers are flourishing once more. Pelicans abound. It's a blessing for all the warm water sea life that died last year from the harsh cold. Lovely poem.
comment by tealstar on Feb 28, 2011 3:27 PM ()
Oh, Teal, may spring come soon to Northwest Ohio! We've had our first early spring rain, so soon Goldie's berry bushes and I will see the first hints....
reply by marta on Feb 28, 2011 5:10 PM ()
Lovely thoughts. In Colorado we get tons of robins passing through on their way north and again in the fall when they go south. There'll be 50 or so in the yard on the grass and sitting in the trees. So when I saw the title, I was thinking of how I'm looking forward to seeing them, too.
comment by troutbend on Feb 28, 2011 1:00 PM ()
I have always loved robins and it's about this time of year that I really miss them, the little harbingers of spring.
reply by marta on Feb 28, 2011 5:07 PM ()

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