I love the little robin
it’s such a special bird,
I have a smashing tale to tell,
which you may not have heard,
it starts off in the kitchen, one gloomy winter day,
the mug that has the robin on
got, somehow, in the way.
Yes, I had a little robin mug,
a pretty, favourite thing.
He didn’t mean to break it,
he had a little fling.
It was an upset,
to be sure,
so to the shop we went,
there were none in stock we heard,
and we ordered a replacement.
We collected the replacement
and made a pot of tea,
the robin mug was waiting
to be filled
–a drink for me.
“Oh look,” says my daughter, “You got the mug today,”
I wonder if, Dear Reader, [or listener]
you can guess what next I’ll say?
We tried to avoid
breaking Madeleine Floyd,
our best catching skills let us down.
A little bird mug in
the hand (for a while),
can lead to it being…
shattered all across the kitchen in the tiniest bits and pieces imaginable!
I’m off to the shop in a moment
to order mug number three!
Polly Stretton © 2012
12/05/2012 at 14:03
Love this! 🙂
12/05/2012 at 14:09
Oooh, that’s nice, thank you 🙂
12/05/2012 at 16:51
And tea always helps… 🙂
12/05/2012 at 19:29
Tea is an essential – I quite like it in my favourite mug! 🙂
12/05/2012 at 16:57
I really enjoy visiting your blog. I hope you don’t mind but I have nominated you for the Liebster award – please see my post dated 12.5.12 for the details 🙂
12/05/2012 at 17:21
Thank you so much Alexandra, I am deeply honoured.
12/05/2012 at 22:06
Polly, this is such fun – could you do a Pam Ayres with it? I seem to hear her rhythms. Hope to hear you reading it!
12/05/2012 at 22:29
What an idea! Fab! Might try it, Lindsay – you’ve made me blush 🙂
13/05/2012 at 01:23
13/05/2012 at 03:40
Thank you 🙂
11/06/2012 at 08:44
Thank you Cindy 🙂
13/05/2012 at 03:08
An absolutely smashing tale 😀
13/05/2012 at 05:06
11/06/2012 at 08:44
heh-heh – I can always rely on you, Ann 🙂
13/05/2012 at 06:05
Robins are so cute ! Loved this poem !
13/05/2012 at 08:37
They are pretty special – I’m told their song is often mistaken for a nightingale’s at night – lovely to see what you thought, Sanah 🙂
13/05/2012 at 08:26
Such an enchanting poem! So pleased to have found your blog 🙂
13/05/2012 at 09:10
Pleased to meet you, Angela. Welcome, thank you for your thoughts, and please come back again 🙂
13/05/2012 at 10:38
13/05/2012 at 10:39
How funny we’re both writing about birds this weekend 🙂
Thanks for your thoughts, Wendy.
14/05/2012 at 03:11
cute Robin, been delighted to make a tandem for them 🙂
14/05/2012 at 04:46
Oooh, a tandem for them … I wonder what they will do with that 🙂
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05/06/2012 at 23:10
ha enchanting rhythm in this…and oh my…on the third mug…and i hope this one fairs better than the first two…smiles…but accidents happen…the shop keeper may start wondering about you soon though…
05/06/2012 at 23:15
heh-heh, thank you Brian – the shop keeper was beginning to look a tad quizzical, so I had to give her a copy of the poem …
05/06/2012 at 23:58
Three time’s a charm, right? I hope that’s the last one for you. I love robins, but my favorite bird is the cardinal.
05/06/2012 at 23:59
Let’s hope so, Laurie 🙂
Thanks for commenting.
06/06/2012 at 00:00
Cardinal? I’m not sure we have those in the UK, will have to look them up 🙂
07/06/2012 at 05:45
I love Madeleine’s artwork! Sweet and a touch of the impressionist about her. As for your poem, Polly, whimsical, forgiving, and fun. I’m so glad I clicked on your link at dverse tonight! Peace, Amy
(PS The male cardinals are all red; the females are a bit drab, but that’s how it is in the wild, right? Males have to show off!)
11/06/2012 at 08:43
Amy – you were lurking in the spam again! You’re out of there now! Good to see another Madeleine aficionado, I love her work. Glad you like The Robin Song 🙂