Communing with Robin Red Breast


communing with robin red breast
a quadrille

he surprised me
perched outside my window
breast puffed out as it was
beneath open wings
(undersides also red)

there he remained
as i wrote
daring me to immortalize
his beauty

two stellar jays
scared him from
the empty nest
he’d built
months earlier

Photo: VSlotto The view from my office window.

Photo: VSlotto
The view from my office window.

This is the second poem I’m posting for my Quadrille prompt at dVerse Poets’ Pub. A Quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words and for this week’s prompt your poem should use the word “OPEN.” My first submission is found here.

When I was reading and commenting on the poems submitted to the prompt, a large male red breast just sat there, staring at me (or more likely, at his reflection in the window). I didn’t have my camera or phone to get his photo, so I just shared the tree. I was really surprised to see that the wings are red underneath. And the bit about the blue jays really did happen.

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12 thoughts on “Communing with Robin Red Breast

  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Interesting! ()We don’t have either of these birds where I live.)

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  2. I’ve had a few poetic encounters with robins myself. Excellent birds for collaboration. 😉

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  3. frankhubeny says:

    I liked the part about the jays scaring the robin away earlier and the slats of the window shade in the picture of the tree.

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  4. sMiLes.. my FriEnd
    i find ‘wildlife’
    everywhere..
    juSt
    ‘asKing’
    to be iN
    A Longest Long Form Poem..
    perHaps.. one IS A Robin too..
    Unfortunately.. most Birds
    cannot open the poem
    up but that
    will change..
    eventuAlly..
    then.. even if..
    Robins.. never know..;)

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  5. Truedessa says:

    I often get caught in the moment when I am bird watching. They are so enchanting.

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  6. rosemawrites says:

    awwwwww. can see them vividly through your words Ms. Victoria. 😉 ❤

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  7. […] In response to dVerse‘s Opening to the Muse–dVerse Quadrille #16 by Ms. Victoria C. Slotto who also wrote her own piece here. […]

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  8. Beautiful! You have captured and made him eternal in this quadrille ❤

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  9. kim881 says:

    So glad to see the robin’s still there!

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  10. Sumana Roy says:

    awww…you do immortalize his beauty…

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  11. I do love when you find such drama outside your window… here it’s been squirrel fighting (I thing are youngsters)

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  12. whimsygizmo says:

    Oh, those noisy stellar jays. We know them well. This hops along nicely, Victoria. Happy you were able to share this robin moment.

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