Listen with Mother (Nature)

(for the Birds in my life)

Neither birder nor a twitcher, me,
I’m listening now to nature’s voice,
and one who makes it like a breeze, as she
observes and listens, makes her choice,
identifying birdsong in the trees,
by ‘GIS’ or guess, and otherwise,
mingling with the endless drone of bees,
the many coloured butterflies.
In this small copse and garden that is ours
we’re listening, as we always will,
to the music nature plays for hours:
sonorous, strident, shrill.

© 2011 John Anstie

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About PoetJanstie

As a young man, John was fit and sporting. Playing Rugby Union for over twenty years, encouraged in the early days by a school that was run on the same lines as Gordonstoun, giving shape and discipline to a sometimes precarious early life. This fitness was enhanced by working part time jobs in farming, as a leather factory packer and security guard, but probably not helped, for a short time, by selling ice cream! His professional working life was spent as a Metallurgical Engineer, Marketing Manager, Export Sales Manager, Implementation Manager and Managing Director of his own company. Thirty five years spent, apparently in a creative desert, raising a family and pursuing a career, probably enriched his experience, because his renaissance, on retirement, realised a hidden creative talent as a blogger and poet. He also enjoys music, with a piano and a forty-five year old Yamaha FG140 acoustic guitar. He sings bass in three singing groups: as a founding member of a mixed voice chamber choir, Fox Valley Voices; a member of one of the top barbershop choruses in the UK, Hallmark of Harmony (the Sheffield Barbershop Harmony Club) and a mixed barbershop quartet, Needle & Fred. He is also a would be (once upon a time) photographer with drawers full of his own history, and an occasional, but lapsed 'film' maker. In his other life, he doubles as a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Friend and Family man. What he writes is autobiographical and very often pins his colours to the mast. In 2013, he completed an anthology of the poetry (including his own) of an international group of nine poets, who met on Twitter. He produced, edited and steered the product of this work, "Petrichor Rising", to publication by Aquillrelle.
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2 Responses to Listen with Mother (Nature)

  1. Lovely verse!

    And speaking of lovely, I very much enjoyed your MKane acrostic! Great fun! Thanks very much!


    • PoetJanstie says:

      ‘Twas my pleasure to contribute to a worthwhile cause – fun – albeit, this particular limerick didn’t quite get the rhythm right, but I’m not expecting any prizes 😉


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