The Cardinals Sing - a poem

Good morning all. The last few days I've been watching a female cardinal bringing sticks and twigs and bits of fabric to the primrose bush that is just below my bedroom window. The male doesn't seem to contribute much but his song. At any rate, I'm really looking forward to having these songbirds right outside my window. Have a wonderful day everyone. Love and Light, Candace

The Cardinals Sing

The cardinals sing in the primrose bush.
The female gives the male a push:
She’s busy building a next, you see,
For the fledgling birds that are soon to be.
Soon will come the long time of setting
But first there is the time of getting
Sticks and twigs and soft bits of feather
To create a nest that will easily weather
The onslaught of squirrels and the rain
That spring and summer again and again
Will bring to test the integrity
Of the next she’s built with alacrity.
Having the cardinals so close pleases me
As the song of these birds eases me
From the pain and fear that my illness brings.
The prospect of hearing them sing
Much pleasure will all summer bring.
Their sweet melody always thrills
And brings release from a world of ills.
With my new neighbors so bright and gay,
I’ll happily start each new day.

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Your poem is amazing, my dear child you have been blessed with talent that each of us experience as we read your poems. I believe that you perhaps hold the same magic that some of our great poets held. Your poems are I spiriting ..just as Robert Frost and many of our great writers of yesterday. God, blesses us with so many talents...but truly I say unto you....you touch many of us...right to our inner cores. May you feel all the joy and abundance of joy within you as you share with many of us readers your heartfelt stories that you put into the poems that give each of us, the readers a way to express our inner thoughts and ideas.
Your talent just soars with laughter and emotional inspiration. I applaud your humbleness and your sincere sweetness.
Blessings of joy and peace
Lynnghall222

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Thank you so much for your response to my poem. I have some small talent, but certainly not as much as you credit me with. I'm glad when I touch another's heart -- to me, that is the only reason for sharing the poems that I write. If I can distract someone for just a moment from their illness and the darkness that invades many of our lives, then I have served my purpose. I know that the great poets of the past inspire me and can pull me out of my everyday life into the wonder of what they express so eloquently. Again, I thank you for the great compliment you've paid me, but I don't deserve it. Still, it was nice. Hoping that you have a really great day, I send you Love and Light, Candace

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Candace,
As usual you inspire me with your wonderful poem. Don't ever thing your talent is small. It isn't.
Blessings,
Alan

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Candace.....you are so precious. Our great poets did not know of their talent as well. It was not until their demise that their poetry became well known. But my sweet child, you flavor our journeys with your delightful poems. You are humble indeed.
Blessings of peace and joy
Lynnghall222

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Beautiful candace. I love cardinals and they always used to come back where I lived years ago. I always loved seeing the simplicity in nature. Amazing. Your poem really is inspiring to find the joy in the simple things in life. Another fab Poem. Love them.

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That is a beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing.

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Candace - beautiful words, as usual. This hits home with us - we have a bird feeder just off our patio and frequently have a pair of cardinals visit. For a long time we only saw the male and were concerned that something happened to the female, but now she finally started appearing again. They bring us much joy, along with the red-wing blackbirds, bluejays, doves, and a pair of ducks that have recently adopted us. We live on the 12th fairway of our golf course, and are serenaded constantly by lovely songbirds that do not come to the feeder, but we actually had 5 gorgeous green wild parrots at one time on the feeder. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Love and hugs from Marge

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How beautiful and moving. You have truly captured the spirit that nature at its best can bring to we mortal souls. Your heart reaches out to many with your gentle and moving poems. As I read and then re read them my heart takes a breath of relaxation and it makes me stop during my busy day to savour what is really important. I feel peace and contentment when I read this poem.
Thank you so much
Michelle

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Candace,

We all have experienced time & time again your beautiful poems. It would take over a year for me to try and write a poem, yet you do it with ease. I couldn't agree more with these comments from other members. There is nothing small about your talents.
Your sweetness is unmatched in today's society. You have made me realize, how important it is to at least offer prayers or well wishes on someone's topic even if I can't help resolve their situation. It's because of YOU that I now look for topics that no one is commenting on, especially for new members, just to let them know that someone is reading their distressive situation.

You Have Such A Beautiful Heart
Errol

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Greetings Candacepoet;

Thanks for sharing another one of your poems. I was looking out your window as I read the poem. I read very few poem and the ones that I have was just words on paper.

God Bless....................

Harold

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Of all the avian denizens of my backyard, cardinals are my favorite, both the males and the females. They seem to have two distinctly different songs, depending upon the time of day. The early song is more tuneful, while later on in the day it sounds like "reefer reefer reefer" - on and on. I suppose they are trying to attract a mate. Last summer there was one - a male - who would sit on the garage roof and shout "reefer reefer reefer" for all the world to hear - so full of self-importance!

Speaking of nature and my backyard, the azaleas and lilacs are in full bloom - oh so fragrant and beautiful. I had Steve cut several lilacs (I can't reach or I'd have done it myself) and I put them in a small vase. My kitchen smells wonderful!

Thanks for capturing the joy that nature brings!

Davi

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Davi,

Thanks for the chuckle, sorry, but thinking of a bird trying to attract a mate by shouting reefer, reefer, reefer, just tickled me.
Some people may want to follow that bird to see what type of plants it's landing on, HaHaHa.


Errol

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Hi Davi - in south Florida we have different kinds of flowers that bloom all year round, but growing up in Massachusetts I miss the spring flowers like your azaleas and lilacs - and especially the forsythias, daffodils, tiger lillies, etc that we don't have here. Have to make do with orchids and bouganvillas and palm trees!

Love and hugs from Marge

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Oh, I have a beautiful male nd female cardinal coming to a hanging plant pot with sunflower seeds in it. I watch for them every day. The red cardinal stood out so good on the grey dead bush by the feeder. Love watching for them. Only problem is the squirrels are eating all the seed. But I keep filling it. They come different times but mostly early evening.

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Candace,

The poem is beautiful. When I saw Cardinal as the title I nearly broke the mouse trying to click on the link. I LOVE CARDINALS!!!!! I have a collection of figurines, pictures, wind chimes, fan pulls, outside flags etc all of cardinals. You have great talent.

Clara

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