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A Little Bird Told Me ~ Poems For Our Feathered Friends

John is a nature and animal lover. He now has cats, a dog, hens, and various backyard visitors.

A pair of wise owls

A pair of wise owls

A Little Bird Told Me To Lighten Things Up

Updates of the Coronavirus continues to assail the news and social media, and the only way to escape it seems to be stay at home (not much choice in that regard) and turn off the TVs, phones, and computers. Easier said than done, however. There is talk here of the Government easing some restrictions from tomorrow following a welcome downturn in the number of new cases. This will include allowing families to go on picnics etc. I just hope restrictions are introduced slowly and monitored so we don't see another spike.

Even the birds are chattering to me to lighten up and write things that are more uplifting to take people's minds off the current situation. I am doing my best, but even that is easier said than done as references to the virus keep sneaking in to what I write. Anyway, I hope you enjoy these little poems regardless.

Budgerigar: Photo by Oli Sumit from Pexels

Budgerigar: Photo by Oli Sumit from Pexels

Like a Bird in a Cage

Budgie sitting in a cage,

trained to talk and sing,

saying, "Who's a pretty bird?'

as he sways upon a swing.

Is he really happy though,

when he has no chance to fly?

Stuck behind those metal bars,

a bit like you and I.

But we've just been restricted

to stop this virus spread,

the budgie's in a cage for life,

"Bluey dance!" he'll nod his head.

This lockdown makes us edgy

and anxious to get out,

to socialize with others,

and be free to move about.

So, if the cage door's left ajar

do you think the bird will stay,

or take a chance at freedom

and swiftly fly away?

Most people love their freedom,

and hate to be confined.

To take a risk and leave their homes

will surely cross some minds.

So why do we encage a bird

who's meant to live in trees?

Is it just to entertain

selfish souls like you and me?

There Are Still Pigeons In The Park

While the people are in lockdown

and the world is looking stark,

the one thing that I'm sure of -

there are still pigeons in the park.

As we practice social distancing

the birds just carry on,

looking for rare scraps of food,

or statues to mess upon.

So, even though we're stuck at home

and a little out of touch,

the wildlife all around us

really hasn't changed that much.

Pigeons: Photo by Artem Saranin from Pexels

Pigeons: Photo by Artem Saranin from Pexels

Nothing's a Worry

(A Statue’s Address to a Bird - Dr Seuss Style)

Nothing’s a worry,

Oh no it is not!

It cannot annoy me,

Oh no, it can not!

Even your doo doo

Cannot make me mad.

It’s just what birds do,

So, doo doo and be glad!

Nothing can faze me,

Oh no, it can not!

So doo doo your best,

I look good in spots!

Statue with pigeons: Photo by Matthis Volquardsen from Pexels

Statue with pigeons: Photo by Matthis Volquardsen from Pexels

© 2020 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 23, 2020:

Thank you for visiting my bird poems DreamOn. We all tell different stories and that keeps things interesting. Thanks for the kind words. Have a great day.

DREAM ON on June 23, 2020:

You are always sharing such wonderful stories. I watch and listen to the birds every day. Thank you for leading me to your hubs. We can all connect with similar thoughts and make every day more enjoyable. Have an awesome night.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 29, 2020:

Hi Niks, Good to meet another nature and bird lover. Thank you for reading and your kind comment. I think the current lockdown situation should have taught us humans something.

Niks from India on May 29, 2020:

Your love for the birds reflects in your poems. I'm a nature lover too. Understanding the feeling of a caged bird can make us realize that humans are very selfish creatures. I liked your poems, John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 05, 2020:

Thank you for reading this Mitara. Your comment and opinion are greatly appreciated.

Mitara N from South Africa on May 05, 2020:

Enjoyed the lightened up version,

You have brought a valid point across, birds provide beauty to nature so why do we as people cage and confine such beauty. I think if we do link it to the lockdown, it's now keeping people confined like a lesson learnt on how any animal or any living creature would feel being caged or confined.

Excellent write

Take care, keep well and be safe

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 04, 2020:

I agree totally Nithya. That was exactly the message in the first poem. Glad you enjoyed them.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 04, 2020:

Lovely poems and as always I enjoyed reading them. Birds should be flying free and not caged as pets. Now we are caged and waiting for freedom from the lockdown.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 03, 2020:

Flourish that would have been fun observing the cat/bird interaction through the window. It is a shame the squirrels spoiled that bit of entertainment. Sounds like your dad is a bird expert. Thanks for reading and commenting.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 03, 2020:

We installed a window birdfeeder for the cats on the second story of the house and it’s a huge hit but somehow the squirrels have discovered it as well so we had to take it down. It’s too bad because it was hilarious listening to the cats chattering to the birds from the inside. I loved your poems. My dad is a bird lover. He can identify them by their song or by sight.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 02, 2020:

Hi Paula, always good to see a comment by you. How can anyone not enjoy watching birds? I actually came across a long-lost pair of binoculars yesterday that I used to use for bird watching and trying to identify different varieties of birds. I will now put them back into good use. Glad to bring back memories of the Neville Bros.

Suzie from Carson City on May 02, 2020:

Jodah......Lovely Poetry from you,as always. The "Budgie" is such a pretty bird.......As I read through this, birds outside my windows were singing and chirping galore. It's a special treat to sit outdoors and just watch & listen. There's the most gorgeous Cardinal that comes by to visit every day......but he's always the only one.

It's easy to understand how so many people become dedicated "Bird-Watchers."

(I haven't heard from the Neville Bros. in a long time. Brings back sweet memories!) Cheers, Paula

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 02, 2020:

Yes, the wildlife seem to be getting bolder. Realisation that we have messed with nature too much and try to rectify it..that is what I wish one of the positive outcomes of this pandemic will be too Rajan. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 02, 2020:

Wildlife is more than happy now that humans are sort of caged, for the time being though, and you find them chirping frequently and louder than usual as if to mock at us. Somewhere a peacock is seen on the street and somewhere a tiger is spotted in a residential area. The air is clearer and purer. I hope we get the message that we messed with nature more than it liked and mend our ways.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 02, 2020:

I am pleased to hear that at least you have access to groceries and vegetables, Venkatachari. From yesterday some of our restrictions were eased as we have had no new cases of the virus for the last two days. We have always been able to visit supermarkets etc, but are now allowed to travel up to 50km and a family may visit a park for a picnic etc as long as they don't mix with other people.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on May 02, 2020:

John, it's true that lockdowns are extended up to 17th May all over India. But, I can purchase the groceries and vegetables from small shops and vendors in our colonies. So, it is not a problem. Only the cleaning and handwashing exercises are tiresome.

I hope you people also don't have any problems.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 01, 2020:

Hello Shauna. I am glad the first poem appealed to you. I was making a statement there and hope the current restrictions make people empathise with animals/birds kept in cages. Whether that practice ceases-I doubt it, but hopefully it will be reduced.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 01, 2020:

Kyler, I always appreciate and enjoy your comments. They always add value to the article, and feedback is greatly valued. Have a great day/night.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 01, 2020:

Thank you for reading these poems, Venkatachari. It is true we need some distraction from the news. I hear that lockdowns have been extended in parts of India. I hope you are not impacted too badly.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 01, 2020:

Gotta keep those smiles coming Linda. I know what a pileated woodpecker looks like but I will Google the others. It is wonderful to have regular feathered visitors to your garden/house. Take care.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 01, 2020:

Chitrangada, you are fortunate to have a space with abundant greenery that the birds see as a safe haven. There is nothing better than to watch and interact with birds who choose to be around you of their own accord, not being held as passive captives in cages. Thank you for reading and commenting.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 01, 2020:

Thank you Sankhajit.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 01, 2020:

Fun poems, John. My favorite is "Like a Bird In a Cage". Birds are meant to be free and should not be sentenced to life in prison. As you state in your poem, perhaps now that society knows what it feels like to have movement restricted, the practice of keeping a bird - or any wild animal, for that matter - in an oppressive environment will cease.

Kyler J Falk from California on May 01, 2020:

A healthy and heavy dose of reality within these lines, John, and a dose that is much needed! Absolutely splendid, but I needn't tell you that, it's apparent!

The first one was my favorite, and contains a sentiment that I often ask of bird owners; you manged to make it artistic, and even bittersweet in its own right.


Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on May 01, 2020:

Very nice poems.

It's true that we have to engage in some kind of distractions in order to lighten up our hearts and minds.

Your message regarding caging of birds is very much appreciated.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on May 01, 2020:

John, you gave me a much-needed smile, doo doo indeed. Yes, the pigeons (and animals around the world) are exploring places they haven't seen for a very long time. We have several bird feeders near our house and it's always a joy to see them. Google purple finish, Stellars jay, and pileated woodpecker to catch a glimpse of a few. Thank you for this, and stay safe.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 01, 2020:

Beautifully expressed poem. Makes lot of sense, especially during these times.

My mornings begin with bird watching. I love their sound, and it seems they also enjoy my company. We are fortunate to have them in and around our home. It’s because there is greenery all around my home.

Loved all your poems, with amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on May 01, 2020:

I enjoyed the poems up to the depth.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 01, 2020:

I am glad you enjoyed these poems Lorna. I hope our appreciation of a lot of things have changed when this is all over.

Lorna Lamon on May 01, 2020:

It's lovely to note that even though we are in the midst of this virus the beauty of nature never changes. I enjoyed this bird filled collection John and I'm so glad you gave a shout to the pigeons (such characters). I hope when we do return to normal we will look at nature through the eyes of appreciation. Great poems.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2020:

I hope freedom is not far away for you Ruby. As from today certain restrictions are being eased in parts of Australia as numbers of new virus cases are dropping drastically. We have to be careful though and not remove all restrictions too early or there could be another spike. Stay well and safe. I am glad these poems were helpful to you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2020:

Hello Vidya. I am glad you liked that analogy and found it meaningful. The human race just carries on when other species become extinct, I think the same would happen if we did..the rest of nature would be fine without us.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2020:

Good to see you Carrie Lee. Thank you for reading and enjoying.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2020:

I hope we don’t either Ann, but you know humans. Do we learn from our mistakes? Some of us do at least.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2020:

Hello Pamela. Yes, Dr Seuss was, and still is, an inspiration to me so I am glad you enjoyed that poem. We don’t have to keep birds caged to enjoy them, just have a feeder or bird bath in the garden and they will come to entertain us. Thanks for your kind words.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2020:

Thank you for reading John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2020:

Yes, Peggy, I agree with you. The carefree freedom of birds is so appealing. I love to watch the peewees and Willy wagtails hand around as I mow the lawn diving and pecking for bugs that have been disturbed,

and others splashing in the birdbath.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 30, 2020:

I needed this so badly. I love all birds and am an avid feeder and watcher. I loved your poetry, My hope is to free like them soon. Thanks John.

VIDYA D SAGAR on April 30, 2020:

Your poems have given us food for thought John. The analogy of us being stuck at home due to the lock-down with the birds in the cage is very meaningful. Life goes on even when we are not around. That is nature.

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on April 30, 2020:

Great and fun poems. Loved it :)

Ann Carr from SW England on April 30, 2020:

Yes, nature is thriving and I'm just hoping we don't drive it all away again, that we realise what we've done to push it aside.


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 30, 2020:

I really like your poetry today. The Dr. Suess poem was so cute. I think I may have read his books to my boys hundreds of times. I really like the other two bird poems as well. I really like birds and raised some at one time in my life.

We have red-winged black birds that come to the bird feeder many times a day. They whistle as they get close to the feeder and I love to hear them. It reminds me of a jet that is coming in to land.

I really enjoyed your article today, John. Stay healthy!

John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on April 30, 2020:

Neat. Nice epigram. Enjoyed it.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 30, 2020:

I loved thinking about the freedom of birds. They all just go about their daily business and could care less about the things that concern those of us called humans. We love watching them taking baths in our backyard birdbath.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2020:

Thank you for reading, Louise. Most of us can’t wait for this to be over. I am sure life will be a little different I’m the aftermath, hopefully we will be more appreciative for things we took for granted before.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2020:

Yes they do have wings Clive. I am glad you let those budgies free. If people had wings these lockdowns would be even harder to endure.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on April 30, 2020:

I loved these poems. Yes, I think a lot of people are feeling like birds in cages at the moment. I know it will be a while before life gets back to normality, but I can't wait for that day!

Clive Williams from Jamaica on April 30, 2020:

Birds have wings...hence freedom is embedded within them. I once had two budgies as pets and i thought they living in that little cage was horrible. So I let them go! Be free little birdie, be free! Enjoy your freedom for you and for me.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2020:

Ann, isn't it funny how while the human race has been confined that nature is thriving in our absence? I am glad this poetry was uplifting.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2020:

That sounds wonderful Bill, and the start to a great day. What more could you want?

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2020:

Good to see you Rinita. The first one was much more serious, and it makes me sad to see birds caged. Some that are bred in captivity may have to be for their own safety unfortunately. As I said to Liz, I think nature in general would thrive without man's interference.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2020:

Thanks Cheryl. Some people think birds nesting in the roof are pests, but I don't. Just enjoy them being comfortable close to you.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 30, 2020:

These made me chuckle, John. Well done. It's lifted my spirits and I'm sure lots of others' as well.

Bird activity in our garden is manic at the moment, building nests, finding food, claiming territory and defending nests against others. You can hear it and see it all day. The squirrels were dashing around the trees and walls this morning too.

Lovely poetry.


John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2020:

Hi Liz. Caged budgies vs locked down humans, yes worth a comparison I thought. I have noticed people starting to get closer together on the street and supermarket too, and yes a few more cars.

I agree that nature will just carry on without us around and probably thrive.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 30, 2020:

They are singing up a symphony as I write this. A beautiful sound to wake up to, you know? A sound that says everything will be all right,in time. Bobby Ferrin singing "Don't Worry, Be Happy," in the background, and your poetry to bring a smile to my face. Happy Thursday my friend.

Rinita Sen on April 30, 2020:

The first one's my favorite. I once went to a homestay where they kept many birds in prison (cage). I secretly wished that night that I had invisibility super powers so I could creep up and open the cage. Never understood why people cage birds.

The second one's great too. It looks like the wildlife is not just carrying on, but is actually glad we are not outside to interfere.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on April 30, 2020:

Beautiful poem. I have birds in a nest in the column of my front porch near the roof. It’s an d house and they rebuild the nest every year.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 30, 2020:

Insightful as ever, I love the link between the caged budgie and humans in lockdown. It certainly raises a few questions. One thing we have noticed during lockdown is how much clearer we can hear the birds singing these days. But gradually we are starting to see more cars on the roads. Necessary journeys? I doubt it. People are starting to venture out more I think. One comment I heard recently was that if mankind died out completely, nature would just carry on. It's an interesting thought.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2020:

I am glad you enjoyed these poems and that they proved some distraction for you, Rosina. Thank you for reading and commenting. I just read your latest chapter of Keily the Bookworm too. Very good.

Rosina S Khan on April 30, 2020:

Hi John, I really love these poems about birds and pigeons. They are so enlightening and make you smile. At least they are really a distraction from the horrible news of the virus and its updates. Thank you for giving us a few moments to turn our attention away and feel much better.

By the way, John, in case you have missed it, my latest hub on the story series, "Keily, the Bookworm" is up. You will find it in my profile. Hope you enjoy it as much as you have enjoyed the previous episodes.

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