First World War Poetry Digital Archive

Birds' Nests


The summer nests uncovered by autumn wind, Some torn, others dislodged, all dark, Everyone sees them: low or high in tree, Or hedge, or single bush, they hang like a mark.

Since there's no need of eyes to see them with I cannot help a little shame That I missed most, even at eye's level, till The leaves blew off and made the seeing no game.

'Tis a light pang. I like to see the nests Still in their places, now first known, At home and by far roads. Boys never found them, Whatever jays or squirrels may have done.

And most I like the winter nests deep-hid That leaves and berries fell into; Once a dormouse dined there on hazel-nuts; And grass and goose-grass seeds found soil and grew.

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