Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Poetry Retrospective #4

 My Friend, the Toaster Oven

The toaster oven makes a sound
That’s music to my ears:
Tick tick tick tick, tick tick tick tick,
Then ding! and toast appears.

Sometimes the toaster oven’s cold
But it can change, I know,
‘Cause other times the oven’s warm
And has a bright orange glow.

I like the oven when it’s hot
And tasty toast’s in there,
But I will always be its friend
Even when cold and bare.

Friday, March 15, 2024

Poetry Retrospective #3

An important springtime issue.

 Migration (or not)

Robins travel twice a year
Seeking better weather
Winters south and summers north
They always fly together.

Parrots stay where they belong
In their jungle home
There they’ve got food and flock
They’ve no need to roam.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Poetry Retrospective #2

Today I share a poem about one of my favorite foods.

Ode to a Walnut

by Shadow

I think it is my fondest wish
To find a walnut in my dish,
A walnut with its skin so brown
Sitting there without a sound.
I'd bite into it with my beak
And taste the nut's delicious meat.
Eating nuts is a true pleasure.
Walnuts are my greatest treasure.

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Poetry Retrospective #1


I wrote quite a lot of poetry in my younger years, as longtime followers of this blog may recall. I thought it would be a nice idea to do a poetry retrospective. Here is the first installment - one of my early poems about spring.


by Shadow

The outside birds sing

Their greetings to spring:

Cheep cheep chirrup chirp cheer.

But my kind of talking's

A very loud squawking.

It's pleasanter to the ear.

Friday, August 18, 2023


I enjoy reading the morning paper along with my people. I'll look at any page my people happen to be reading, but the comics page is my favorite. I really enjoy hearing my people laugh!

Of course newspapers have many uses besides reading. They are very useful as napkins after you have finished your morning oatmeal. Just chew along the edge of a page and the oatmeal will come off, eventually. Sometimes you have to finish the job by wiping your beak on your person's sleeve. Newspapers are also nice to chew just for fun. I have spent many a happy hour shredding the newspapers that line the bottom of my cage. And last but not least, about the most important use of a newspaper is to catch your droppings that fall to the bottom of your cage. I have heard of people using electronic newspapers but I can't understand how that would work. How would you chew an electronic newspaper? Could you poop on one? So confusing! Anyhow, I find the paper newspapers that arrive at our house very useful. How do you like to use newspapers?

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Tea Time

 I just love tea! I love it so much, I can’t even wait for it to be poured into the cup before taking a taste.

I enjoy all kinds of tea. These days, my people have been brewing lots of nettle tea and ginger tea, but we also enjoy other kinds of tea – peppermint, spearmint, lemon balm, and bee balm from the garden, as well as black tea and green tea. I find it all quite tasty. What’s my favorite kind of tea, you ask? Why, whatever tea is closest to my beak, of course!

Sunday, April 30, 2023


 I’ve been watching a robin build a nest outside my window. Back and forth, back and forth, she flies, bringing dried grasses which she carefully arranges and forms into a nest shape, then flies off to search for more materials.

Just watching her do all that work is tiring. And why bother, I wonder, when she could just lay her eggs in her extra food dish. I’ve done that several times myself. It’s very convenient and much easier than doing all that nest building. On the other hand, when I look back on it, I have to admit that none of my eggs have ever hatched. Hmmmmmm. . . . .  maybe that robin’s on to something.