Writings and Witterings

The Robin Song


Madeleine Floyd Robin Mug

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!

An accident!
An accident!
An accident!
Oh, me.
I’m off to the shop in a moment
to order mug number three!

Polly Stretton © 2012

Audio file

“Tik – ik – ik – ik … Tik – ik …” … Robin


30 thoughts on “The Robin Song

  1. Love this! 🙂


  2. And tea always helps… 🙂


  3. 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 🙂


  4. 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!


  5. An absolutely smashing tale 😀


  6. Robins are so cute ! Loved this poem !


  7. Such an enchanting poem! So pleased to have found your blog 🙂


  8. cute Robin, been delighted to make a tandem for them 🙂


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  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…


  11. 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.


  12. 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!)


    • 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 🙂


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