Exodus for We Wordle 24


Sturdy frayed wings open
flap, flay the air,
rise uncertainly,
legs dangling,
the fledgling is off.

Over the glassy water
she soars briefly,
hesitates doubtfully.
Nest mislaid, she turns,
floats on a cushion of air,
until she finds a landmark.
Asylum found,
she swoops low,
touches down clumsily
to rejoin her sisters.

Each in turn
learns the skills of flight,
fiery fight and fishing,
with meticulous drill,
each day stronger
until autumn chill makes
magnet pull
southwards irresistible,
the miles call,
the pendulum of life swings.
The proud great ospreys are gone.

Edited 28/8/14  a few more of the words used.

For Red Wolf Poems.  I used 18 of the words.  I was anticipating a bit, and the babies haven’t yet gone. You can find this year’s highly successful story of the Kielder ospreys, with wonderful nestcam photos and videos here

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12 Responses to Exodus for We Wordle 24

  1. Pete says:

    Lovely verse, but fledglings do not have frayed wings or feathers, not until they have used them a lot more to get to Africa.


    • Thank you, Peter. The feathers are fluffed up by the gusty wind! Frayed is one of the words from the wordle which is the basis of the poem. Obviously I didn’t use them all, but the webcam images of fledglings exercising their wings were vivid in my mind while writing.


  2. Lovely story. Beautifully written, and a joy to read. Love gives you wings.


  3. Irene says:

    Enjoyed your inspired ospreys story.


  4. b_young says:

    Landlocked me. I’ve passes osprey nests and looked down on them from high bridges. But they were always vacant. Last years’ sticks. I envy you your eaglets.


  5. Bastet says:

    What a great story … loved it and it reminds me of our swallows who will soon take the same route south.


  6. kaykuala says:

    Bird-watching is a rare opportunity. It would be educational to indulge in one. Thanks for sharing Viv and a great write!



  7. This is incredible! I love it! Excellent writing.


  8. julespaige says:

    Very nice. I remember watching a nest cam of hawks. Fascinating how you incorporated the fledglings’ growth in this piece.


  9. Love this word picture of learning to fly


  10. Misky says:

    Quite wonderful, and yes, I also love watching those young take to wing and fly toward their future. We put up bird boxes this year, and enjoyed watching the activities.



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