Francis Duggan


When The Cold Northern Winds - Poem by Francis Duggan

When the cold northern winds through the bleak North-lands blow
And their home fields and woods are covered in late Autumn snow
The mottled brown redwing thrushes for to Winter fly south
Migration for them is part of what survival is about
They return again to mate and breed in their home places in Spring
To build their nests, raise their young and the males their territorial songs sing
Even in the cooler southern places they migrate to Winter can be wet and cold
And few redwing thrushes do live to grow old
Above the fields on many a November night
I used to hear them chirping when migrating in the moonlight
This is going back the years to many decades ago
To when i was younger before time became my foe
Though time has left me weary and looking gray
Good memories live on as the wise one does say.

Topic(s) of this poem: nature

Form: Sonnet


Poet's Notes about The Poem

from 'rhymeonly'

Comments about When The Cold Northern Winds by Francis Duggan

  • Joe Hughes (8/14/2017 6:06:00 PM)

    I'm right there with you Francis.
    Atmospheric, focused, one to be read again and again.
    Where have you been Francis?
    Welcome back.
    I'm just back from the Emerald Isle hence my latest offering - 'Fintragh Beach'.
    The muse is stubborn at times.- took me weeks to write it.
    Regards,
    Joe
    (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 1 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags


Poem Submitted: Monday, August 14, 2017



Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]