Our Lady, Robin

Abundant and widespread.
So familiar. Cities,
towns, lawns, farmland, forests.

Running and hopping with
upright stance. Robin’s
rich caroling is the

earliest song in Spring.
Heard at dawn, beginning
just before fall. Gather,

roaming, running, pausing.
Hear the move. “Robin’s-egg
blue.” Young leave the nest, tend,

defend territories
by singing. Most buildings:
horizontal ledges,

houses, barns, bridges, cup
of grass, twigs, debris, worked
into mud, lined with fine

grasses. Migrate in flocks
by day. With the breakup,
it may be a bird that

wintered only a few
miles away. All seasons
common. All seasons un-

common. Song is rich notes,
rising, falling: cheer-up,
cheerily, cheer-up, cheer.


An erasure poem from “The Audubon Field Guide, American Robin, Turdus migratoriushttps://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/american-robin

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2 responses to “Our Lady, Robin

  1. Interesting concept (erasure poem) – Robins and cherry blossoms are my image of spring – this poem captures that feeling nicely

    • The idea of an erasure poem was suggested by Dave Bonta of Morning Porch, who has a brilliant series of them. I thought it was a very fitting way to wrap up this part of the series. I want to continue writing these (have notes for at least a hundred more!), but this week is so rough, I’m not sure I can do it right now. Frustrated. I really want to keep this going.

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