Nest 3

Nest 3


Magnolia chosen with care

Third nest this season

I see her in the shade, beak hanging open from the heat

I see her wrestle a sky-blue shell

Up to the rim of the cup

For removal as soon as possible

Lest a predator see

Somehow a shred of white plastic

Got built into the nest

Good idea turned too-conspicuous mistake?

Twice I’ve seen her try to unweave it

While two or three blind helpless hungry

She has a lot on her plate


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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