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Goldfinch Lesson

Goldfinch Lesson

  Winds howled most of the night

and continued into the day,

slamming doors inside the house

chasing sleep away.


A Goldfinch was sitting on the grass

not sure what to make of it.

Wind makes it difficult to fly

blowing birds off course a bit.

He tucked his head under his wing,

waiting for wind to die down.

We have hawks and eagles around

I hoped one wouldn’t swoop down.

Mum and Dad were calling him

2015 July 16 Gold Finch 014from our feeder, not far away,

they flew close to him, then up again

as if saying “do it this way!”

How wonderful to witness that lesson

the Goldfinch has now flown.

Repetitive parental actions

Has taught it to fly on its own.

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He’s now back under the feeder

having a good look around

Mum and Dad are still singing to him

and it’s such an endearing sound.

Jean Kay

July 16, 2015



Orange Sun

Happy Canada Day


July 1st in a heat wave,
Happy Canada Day.
Take time to honour our country
and celebrate in your own way.

We have so much to be grateful for.
Start each day with gratitude
for all the freedoms we possess,
our health relies on a good attitude.

Natural wonders are within reach
mountains, rivers, lakes, the sea,
beautiful trees, flowers and fields
All available for you and for me.

Let’s celebrate each other –
neighbours, family and friends.
with a smile, handshake, a cheery “Hello”,
or a phone call to make amends.

Be safe when you are traveling,
be courteous, helpful and kind.
Be proud you are a Canadian
and keep gratitude on your mind.

Happy Canada Day

Jean Kay

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