New Life

Saturday, April 11

I’ve been watching the back hedgerow, where ten stalks have risen from our Queens of the Nile, aka agapanthus.  Ten stalks, each topped with a bud.  They’re taking their time to bloom, which is part of the pleasure.

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As my attention has been trained on the above and on the usual backyard birds flashing about their usual activities,  I missed a major development in the magnolia tree just outside our east-facing kitchen window: stealth-robins have built a nest!  Didn’t know it till this morning when a movement caught my eye – mama rearranging herself on a pile of twigs, a structure just barely visible in the dense array of dark magnolia leaves.  Which makes sense.

Since then I’ve been spying on her, catching a flash of orange, a yellow bill glowing in the morning sun, alert black eye ringed with white. I’m imagining a clutch of blue eggs under her breast.

So much depends on her faithful tending and his faithful meal-providing.  Blessings, my dears.

 

Author: Phoebe Dishman

Phoebe H. Dishman was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother. An essayist and poet, she teaches adult Sunday school, compiles a monthly prayer calendar, edits the Big Thicket Association quarterly bulletin, and keeps a keen eye and ear open for birds.

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