For the Birds

How do you deal
with the guilt that comes
from splitting
a finite pie of time
to feed the infinite needs
of all the people
depending on you,
like a siege of herons
mouths open
greedy, starving
for your

oh selfless one
at the end of the stories
in The Picture Book of Saints
the martyrs

This is linked to dVerse Poets Pub, even though it doesn’t really have anything to do with birds, where De asked us to write something including one or more of the interesting names for groups of birds.

42 thoughts on “For the Birds

  1. I have seen documentaries of the mother birds relentlessly feeding the young & hungry babies ~ It can be quite exhausting ~ We mothers should have our own me-time to nurture ourselves too ~

    Thanks for joining us other Mary ~

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  2. Your response has an edge of personal plea, & the prompt had no specific restricting parameters, so your piece works well. My souse is retiring this year (from teaching), & she does amaze me as wife, mother, & grandmother, (with 7 grandchildren now). Everyone wants her time; flattering but exhausting for sure.

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  3. YES. The ones that don’t have anything to do with birds are my favorites. The words are just all so lovely, such an inspiration. I’m glad you found one that spoke to you. And I have known this feeling well. Well done.

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  4. Very concise an poignant, I can relate to this. Here in MA, more likely to find a colony of gulls before a siege of herons, even inland! Any way you look at it, hopefully when we martyrs die we will be first in line to gain our own wings. Nice capture, Mary. Hoping the birds aren’t peckin’ and squawkin’ too much in your neck of the woods these days.

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  5. Hi again.. the other Mary..
    and haha! speaking of infinite
    “pi’s” my website is kinda like that..
    averaging around 20K or so words
    including the comments section and
    somewhere around 3 GB of photos
    on each blog post.. in latest style..
    and up to around 100 poems now
    from dVerse too.. as i am coming
    up on my first annual milestone
    this April of poeticAlly responding
    to every single prompt and every
    single link.. and making my
    third blog style free
    verse Novel.. where
    this one will be well
    over 100K words..
    or perhaps even
    200K.. i stopped
    counting long ago..
    and let the Word Press
    engine do that.. and yes.. technology
    is just now catching up to my brain.. hehe..
    as the iPhone 6s.. with LTE Broad Band
    access and iMac computers with fast
    Broad Band access will open me
    up.. but even before i purchased
    my latest iPhone 6s.. i could
    not open me up
    on Mobile
    technology is
    slowly catching up..
    but it becomes more questionable
    as time goes on.. if many other folks
    will even be interested in what i am
    doing.. as it is pursuing human potential..
    which means moving ahead and not looking back..
    anyway.. if you are ever interested in what i am doing..
    my two blogger blogs are basically a copy and paste
    of what i do on Word Press.. and they are much more
    streamlined and open much more quickly and my views
    are somewhere around 300 to 400 there a day.. much
    more than what i get on Word Press.. for obvious
    reasons.. but anyway.. the fastest blog
    is at:

    And i also occasionally provide this
    information on my Word Press blog
    and will use this as a copy and
    paste to explain what
    i’m doing there..
    as well again..
    anyway.. i’m basically
    a traveling blog anyway..
    responding iN poetry way..
    and the responses i get are
    kind enough for me wherever i go
    now .. when folks have time.. i’m retired..
    extremely healthy now.. after 66 months of
    shut-in severe illness from the years of 2008
    through 2013.. and after a 40 year drought of
    creativity.. basically during my work/school career.. i am
    gonna make the most of this creative spurt as i kNow/feel
    what it’s like to have no idea how to be creative.. liFe
    iS much
    and creating..
    without iT.. truly..
    iT is dead to me..
    anyway.. thanks again..
    The Other Mary.. you have
    always been a very nice person..
    whenever i visit you// and i appreciate
    that very much my friend.. God Bless..:)

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