Wednesday, July 5, 2017



In search of an audience,
he followed after us, 
from lamp post to tree top,
as we walked on the path down below.

He serenaded us
with his whole repertoire!
Who knew that one bird, singing solo,
could put on such a show?

I suppose there are some 
who would call him a thief,
because the songs that he sings
are all stolen, you know.

But, I can't throw shade
on such a talented crooner.
His melodies were flawless.
His range was wide--high to low.

Although his music was borrowed,
he shared it with much joy.
He sang with a full heart.
What a thrill, indeed! It delighted us so.

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We were on vacation last week at Virginia Beach. While we were there, I had the chance to see and hear a mockingbird. I took the picture above of it. I'm sorry the picture isn't very clear. If you'd like to see some better pictures of mockingbirds; learn more about them; and hear their songs, click here


  1. Anonymous7/05/2017

    Hi Connie, I love the poem and the photo. At one of our homes, we had LOTS of mockingbirds and they were a joy to watch. I also am now humming the "Mockingbird" song - Carole and JT! Have a nice evening.

  2. Cute poem and yes they can squawk up a storm. We often have them chattering out back.

  3. I love mockingbirds! Sometimes they sing at night when the moon is big and bright. You make such wonderful poems from the things around you!

  4. Excellent. We just spent a few days in Virginia Beach.

  5. I love mockingbirds, too. Like lil red hen, I think it's terrific how you can spin magic into your poems about ordinary things.

    I hope you had a terrific time in Virginia Beach. We just got home from Tennesse. We had lots of rain while we were there, but it didn't dampen our fun.

  6. love your poem - i listened to a little of the tape - we had one where we use to live that sounded like a cell phone ringing - it took me awhile to realize it was a mockingbird. I have never been able to catch a photo of them - they are quick to fly off . Wow, hope u are having a great time - never been to Virginia beach.

  7. I've never seen a mockingbird, Connie. In the picture, and the picture you painted with words, I feel as though I just did. Thank you for this very pleasant experience.
    I hope you're having a great weekend.

  8. Like you said, their songs are 'borrowed' --but oh how gorgeous Mockingbirds do sing those songs..... We don't have a lot of them around here --but I did have one visit us one winter ---and he/she stayed around all of the winter.... Not sure what happened to that bird --but haven't seen a Mocker in a long time...


  9. You captured the bird in the poem, no need for a photo! Nice.

  10. Thanks for sharing such Beautiful poem . I can search and see a picture any time but your poem is a available to read only here :-)

  11. I enjoyed reading your poem, very imaginative. Well done.

    My mother likes birds, and has many feeders. I haven't got a garden as I live in a flat.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

  12. I've never seen a mockingbird and didn't know that what they sing they steal. Very cool Connie that you saw one. Love the poem.

  13. We heard and saw many mockingbirds when living in VA. Often, they were not especially welcoming as when they built a nest in a tree near our front porch and screeched every time we were outdoors sitting on the porch.

  14. Thank you all for your kind words. We had a nice vacation at Virginia Beach. I loved hearing the music of the mockingbird. I am especially intrigued by the fact that they sometimes sing at night when other birds are quiet.

  15. Another nice one. I will check out your mockingbird site. I have never seen a mockingbird. Hugs, lJ

  16. We have Mocking birds who feed in our yard. They do croon some tunes.


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