Coming of Age–dVerse Quadrille

Coming of Age
a Haibun/Quadrille

Outside my office tree house, the once-huge robin’s nest seems crowded, small. Three growing babies fluff their wings, itching to fly, it seems. But still, they cuddle to mother’s soft sunset-red breast.

ready to be free,
still gaping beaks, huddling close,
teenage robins wait

Linked to dVerse Quadrille Monday. The word to include is itch. The poem, excluding title, calls for exactly 44 words. I am getting nothing done these days watching this wondrous process of nesting, birthing, nurturing and, soon, fledging.

Happy Anniversary, 7 years, to dVerse. It’s been a great ride.

21 thoughts on “Coming of Age–dVerse Quadrille

  1. Mish says:

    For me, this made me reflect on the uncertainty during that transition, when you encourage your child to leave the nest, but question if they are ready. A lovely write.


  2. Lona Gynt says:

    You and Grace and I were all itching for flight in this Quadrille. Looks like teenage robins like are always hungry like their human counterparts. Enjoyed this


  3. lynn__ says:

    Rockin’ robins 🙂 Amazing photo and haibun/quadrille combo, Victoria!


  4. Excellent quadrille-haibun. I could watch them all day.


  5. Glenn Buttkus says:

    We had a robin’s nest in the rafters of our deck cover for several years; loved the blue eggs and chirps. Nice effort of turning the quadrille intro a haibun.


  6. lillian says:

    My daughter recently had a robin’s nest right outside their window…placed exactly within the branches so they could quietly watch every stage of development. 🙂 I love the idea of the “teenage” robins!


  7. A beautiful haibun-quadrille Victoria, the young robins look like they are itching to fly! :o) xxx


  8. sanaarizvi says:

    Oh this is beautiful!💜 I love bird watching and it’s always a pleasure when little ones learn to fly 😊


  9. Jo says:

    Wonderful quadrille!


  10. kim881 says:

    There’s nothing quite as peaceful as birdwatching, Victoria. I enjoyed your quadrille-haibun as it reflected the scene outside my window!


  11. mhmp77 says:


    As usual teens will always want attention to be seen over their other siblings. They will create lots of noise at the same time!



  12. Truedessa says:

    Absolutely, beautiful. I have been watching some sparrows all weekend that just had babies. It’s amazing how quickly mama and papa fly to and fro to feed them. They actually chirp quite loud. I could watch them all day.


  13. rothpoetry says:

    So fun to watch the little ones getting ready to fly!


  14. Love this! teenage robins wait, beautiful!


  15. Sabio Lantz says:

    Very sweet — I could see the beauty


  16. Frank Hubeny says:

    Sometimes one has to wait to be free later. That waiting can feel like an itch one can’t scratch.

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  17. Grace says:

    Those babies are growing up fast and love that color – sunset red breast ~ Love your haibun quadrille Victoria ~ Take care ~


  18. Kathy Reed says:

    They are so precious, even if their faces only a mother would love!


  19. kanzensakura says:

    I love this! Those precious babies, itching to fly. Lovely haibun and outstanding haiku.

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