Treasure Island

Alison Cassidy

(6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

! ! The Empty Nest


It happened in an instant-
the wild wind whipped
and the trees tossed their leafy hair
like teenagers
at a rave party.

It was over in minutes -
but the results were catastrophic!
Trees fell,
roofs lifted,
roots sprouted from clay,
like a Dali birthday cake.

Later I ventured into the garden
(tidy too after recent endeavor)
to assess the damage.

Then I saw it -
a tiny bundle of twigs
that lacked the randomness
of the rest.
A perfect sphere of sticks,
carefully chosen
and woven...

By whom?
Was it an old home
abandoned years ago
and dislodged by the wicked wind?

Or was it a more recent affair -
an unfinished
cradle awaiting
the nudge of spring?

I picked up the nest
with tears in my eyes.

How humbling -
to witness nature's beauty and her terror
on a single day.

Submitted: Saturday, September 26, 2009
Edited: Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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  • Patrick A. Martin (11/10/2009 7:26:00 PM)

    I expected to read some tale of woe about children leaving home and instead I read this gem drawn directly from life's garden. A wonderful piece thank you Allie.10 (Report) Reply

  • T McH (10/10/2009 3:06:00 AM)

    Humbling to read, Allie. And magnificent.
    Alas, I will be thinking of Dali birthday cakes all day now.
    You remain true to form.... t x (Report) Reply

  • Naseer Ahmed Nasir (10/9/2009 5:45:00 PM)

    The poem endorses that nature is not only the main creating force but destroying as well. Well written, Alison.
    Warm Regards

    Naseer (Report) Reply

  • Shashendra Amalshan (10/8/2009 1:26:00 PM)

    Hey, this is like a scene from movie isn't it? ...

    I mean, life is like this too right? ? At times our happiness can be short lived right? ?
    I am getting used to the complexities of life these days...This again is a tragic poem isn't it? ? ? what happened to lively, jolly ones... yet I love them all! ! ! !

    loves
    Shan (Report) Reply

  • Andrew Blakemore (10/5/2009 2:28:00 PM)

    The beautifully woven nest lying empty upon the ground is very symbolic of nature's power to create and take life in an instant. Brilliant poem Alison, love, Andrew xx (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (10/4/2009 7:33:00 AM)

    Exquisite, Alison. These lines brought
    tears to my eyes. May those little birds
    sing in an eternal spring somewhere.
    10/10.

    Love,

    SandraX (Report) Reply

  • Karin Anderson (sorry can't vote or comment) . (10/3/2009 8:56:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem of nature Alison and enjoyed seeing Helen McKellar's 'beauty and her terror'
    get a mention as she is one of my favorite poets. Also loved 'wild wind whipped and the trees tossed their leafy hair like teenagers at a rave party' which has great alliteration and imagery.
    Also liked 'roots sprouted from clay like a Dali birthday cake'! 10 love Karin (Report) Reply

  • Sonya Florentino (10/1/2009 9:36:00 PM)

    life can be both fragile and strong...sometimes we are ravaged by the winds of fate, sometimes we can withstand any storm...the empty nest makes you wonder: did the little birds die or have they learned to use their wings to fly? thank you Allie for this wonderful poem... (Report) Reply

  • Bob Blackwell (9/29/2009 10:01:00 AM)

    You describe one of natures tortures, then describe with sensitivity a fallen nest most people would not notice.. Shows how nature effects everything, shows how we are all part of it. A very moving poem Alison, thank you. Love Bob 10++ (Report) Reply

  • Lady Grace (9/29/2009 2:55:00 AM)

    A BRILLIANT PIECE FROM A BRILLIANT POET..see how nest was made? ..a very ordinary place but nicely done.. (Report) Reply

  • Patrick McFarland (9/28/2009 9:10:00 AM)

    Very moving Alison. The human condition so parallels that of the world of nature. Beautifully written.10+++ (Report) Reply

  • David Harris (9/27/2009 4:46:00 PM)

    Allie, this is a touching tale of natures ferocity and gentleness. Told is such a way only a master can tell it. Another gem to be proud of. Top marks and thanks for sharing it with us my friend.
    Hugs David (Report) Reply

  • Fay Slimm (9/26/2009 5:20:00 AM)

    Another gripping narrative from your poetic inspiration dear Allie - - - it makes the reader feel the strength of the event and of your discovery - - both colossol and minute have their emotive responses noted by your lively and fresh imagination. Top marks as always - - - from Fay. (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Stirk (9/26/2009 4:43:00 AM)

    A lovely and imaginative poem full of diversity and intrigue. We can't control much about anything in the wide world. I love your writing
    Best Regards
    Steve (Report) Reply

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