Ligo Haibun and Into the Light of Things…

“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.”

William Wordsworth

bird's nest

I get excited when I spot a bird’s nest…this time, a well-built Northern Mockingbird nest. It looks low enough on the branch to use a one-step stool. Curious, I stand in my best ballerina tiptoe pose and stretch up until my neck muscle quivers under the strain. Oh, darn! The nest is higher than I anticipate. Run back (quick like) to the garage. Aha! I drag out a full size ladder. I carefully unfold the ladder right below the nest. Two parent birds naturally shriek and swoop down close to my head. I think I sense their angry bird lingo. ‘Aaach! Craazy person, aaach…danger, DA-ANGER!’ Why yes, I see the cause for their concern…four speckled blue eggs resting pretty. Daily, I photograph the Precious four babies while dodging the kamikaze dive-bombing parents.

These two birds become my teachers. Learn how to raise your own little ones. Most obvious lesson, teamwork. One goes searching for food, while other parent minds the nest. Any sense of danger brings immediate cry for help. Until the babies fly away, I must learn to be fearless, devoted and teach by example. I see every task builds strong wings of independence and a lasting lifetime impression.

fireflies glow
on the empty nest outside
home light shines bright


Written for the  Ligo Haibun Challenge.

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28 thoughts on “Ligo Haibun and Into the Light of Things…

    • Sunshine says:

      i appreciate our bird friends even more now so thanks for the inspirational quote…
      made me go out and discover nature at one of its finer moments.
      thanks! ♥


    • Sunshine says:

      mmm, excited huh, Little Binky? you have to be careful though with these birds…they attack when they see kitty cats lurking about. but i’m happy you stopped in for a peek. ☼sunHUGS!!


  1. Ye Pirate says:

    A real dedication to nature there – fits the haibun mold so well, but of course you went that beautiful step further, showing us how watching the birds can tell us so much. Really appreciated this one.


  2. oldsunbird says:

    Nature is such a good teacher. I love watching birds too. This reminds me of a summer my husband and i sat underneath a carnelian cherry tree with a robin’s nest. We watched the entire process of building the nest, hatching the eggs, feeding the babies, then emptying the nest. Beautiful!


    • Sunshine says:

      funny how fast we get attached to these bird families…i do marvel how the parent birds get so much done without arms. no excuses for humans, eh? thank you, SunBird for sharing your family of robins. abundant blessings ♥


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