Preparing to Migrate–for River of Stones

Quail Tracks in the Snow

Image by Accretion Disc via Flickr

Preparing to Migrate
for River of Stones—1/1/11

Some quail strut
across the yard,
marring the morning’s
velvet snow—
their quest for
autumn leftovers
tinged with doubt.

Inside, chaos
consumes our world
as we prepare
our escape
from winter’s
harsher gifts.

Written for River of Stones January Challenge:


7 thoughts on “Preparing to Migrate–for River of Stones

  1. yelena m. says:

    This poem is full of colors and tenderness. Unique write that I enjoyed. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  2. Bodhirose says:

    What a lovely–somehow comforting poem. Nature taking its course. I love those charming birds.


  3. 1sojournal says:

    Love the photo and the stone and glad I found you as well,



  4. trisha says:

    what a poetic painting- beautiful.


  5. I like this a lot. It’s a lovly poem and lovely photo; but, it also brings back memories of quail marching down our long drive alongside a creek in Humboldt county. They were such a delight and always had such good decorum.


  6. Louise says:

    This is beautiful.

    It is soft and gentle.


  7. Jade says:

    I like the precise language you’ve used to describe this moment. Well done. 🙂


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