Poetry Sunday-Nature Never Sleeps



Nature Never Sleeps


The chilly, yet refreshing, rain has stopped.  Gray clouds linger keeping a nip in the air.  Migrating red-winged blackbirds still arrive, and mix with resident chickadees and goldfinches.  Woodpeckers strike at the dying ash tree while robins, who have remained, look for berries.  So many birds come in waves, so late this autumn.  Is this a portent for the coming of a mild winter?


And the juncos are here now too.  These ‘snow birds’ arrive with the close of fall and the first snow.  Their feathers match the dark winter sky, as they flit from place to place clearing the garden of seeds.  These feathered visitors are all here for their early morning feeding before going about their day, flying south or finding a warm spot to linger.


No matter, all are welcome here bringing pleasure to this gardener even as winter gets closer, and the garden sleeps.  Nature never does, thankfully!



Soft birdsong rising

With the fiery eastern light,

New day has begun.



 © Donna Donabella 2015



The visitor’s to my garden were many this fall.  Some were late in visiting, and a few new surprise critters stopped by.  These observations led me to write this Haibun.  You can read more about the specific garden visitors in my Wildlife Lesson post from last week.  It continues to be unseasonably warm here as I await winter’s coming.
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December 1st started my Seasonal Celebrations meme for the change of seasons.  Check out my post at Gardens Eye View, and join in the celebration of the change of seasons, no matter where you are on earth.  You can also read an excerpt of my Winter story in the latest issue of RURAL magazine.




I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

junco collage

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday and with Kara@A Spirit of Simplicity for her Tuesday Afternoon meme.




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Special Note:  The pictures here are of Dark-eyed Juncos who visit the garden from late fall through early spring.  These birds come right around the time of the first snow, and leave as spring returns.



I leave you with a few additional words about the wonders of nature and garden visitors.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.


All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

52 Replies to “Poetry Sunday-Nature Never Sleeps”

  1. Once again such an uplifting and joyful post…i love how you condense your thoughts into the parting poem/haiku….thankfully nature can be counted on to keep rising…bringing the sun and the birdsong and another day…thankfully

  2. No she never sleeps. Dozes somedays, but it still working. Always working. With incredible results…
    Thank you so much for these glimpses into her work on your side of the world.

  3. Nature never sleeps it is always awake with life and beauty and you have captured life in the garden no matter what the season. I had to read it twice. Poetic loveliness

  4. It feels like a mild winter here too. There are lots of birds that fly through and chirp as they nibble on things I can’t see. And the year round Annas hummingbirds are so cute. I left the fountain in my courtyard running and they like to take a drink and bathe. It’s adorable. Thanks for visiting my blog. Love and hugs.

    1. Welcome Grace…I am so happy to see you here. I bet those hummers are very grateful to you. I am so grateful for all your support my friend both here and at Gardens Eye View. I have been loving your garden views with those stunning flowers still coming.

  5. a truly lovely start for the day! there certainly are a lot of feathered friends around. 🙂
    there is such a feel of calmness in this haibun.

  6. I too ponder how nature never sleeps and love it. Thanks for naming, feeding and welcoming the birds, welcome travelers as they are.

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