Cold Weather


Sitting inside in the warm
looking out of the window
as the sun is shining bright
but it is cold, very cold.

Watching the dog move around
as he tries to find a spot
in the sun to warm his bones
so he can sleep.

Aware of the birds
who are squabbling on the feeders
along with a squirrel
who steals the sunflower seeds.

Even a pair of rats
from under the small stream close by
braving the hazards of daylight
are picking over the dropped seeds.


The other small dog rushes out
and barks at the squirrel
who chatters back at the dog
and then jumps into the tree.

The rats disappear into the rocks
to the safety of their nest
away from the dog
who is not much bigger than themselves.

Even though the sun is shining
it is too cold to stay outside
so I view the world
through my window.

This is Texas
and tomorrow
when the sun shines
it will be warm.

Through the Looking Glass

View from the window left

View from the window right

I look out of the window into the yard
and marvel at the view I see
Nature has excelled and everything is green
and has grown beyond my wildest dreams
the winter was harsh and very cold
and the plants all froze back to the ground
and I worried that they would not re-appear
and replacements I would need to find.
but Nature is a wonderful thing
and although things slow to grow it’s true
Mother Nature is an old hand at this
and with time has brought things back to show
the plants are so green and oh so tall
with flowers abundant on everything.


Doves on a Feeder

To many Doves on a Feeder

Outside my window where the feeders hang
they have been invaded by a gang
of ring-necked doves who squabble and fight
on feeders not made to bear their weight
with perches too small for their size
made for so much smaller guys
and yet the antics they perform
keeps me amused as they do their best
to balance and feed with flapping wings
landing on top of each other and both fall down
and then they feed upon the ground
to pick up the seed that others have spilled
in their haste to get their fill.



There is even a squirrel or two
who likes to feed upon the seed
with preferences of the sunflower kind
maybe that is what suits their taste
or maybe it’s that in their haste
to feed on the seed before the dogs
chase them away for a little while
and then they have to patient be
to wait out the dogs before they return
back to feeding on the seed
hanging upside down and acting the clown
something which I have found
amusing as I watch spellbound.
I never tire of this view
and watch for hours as I work
one eye on the things I do
the other out there in the park
for Nature has its own way
all you have to do is look
even though they do not know
and what to them is not play
and yet to me I laugh out loud
and keep the feeders filled each day.

A Rainy Day in Texas

Blue Bird on Feeder

Blue Bird on Feeder

As I sit here in front of the glass
that looks out onto my back yard
teeming with birds of every kind
all visiting the feeders that I keep supplied
with food for them and the squirrels too
although for them uninvited guests
do help themselves whenever they want
only driven by the dogs who bark and chase
them back aloft where they sit and wait
and scold the dogs and chatter away
as though to say, “Go away, Go away”.



This battle goes on a daily basis
and sometimes the dogs manage to chase
the squirrels out of the yard by following them
and barking hard, loud enough that the squirrels decide
to leave where it is quieter but not for good
as the feeders supply them with plenty of food.

Sometimes the rats at night do raid
the feeders for they have found
easy pickings to help their insatiable need
for food of every kind and size.

Racoons or also troublesome too
and with them they are big enough
that damage to the feeders they cause
in their effort to get to the seed inside.

I have seen the feeders bent in two
or dragged up on the roof askew
in their attempts to get to the seed inside
and any method they know will try.

Today it is raining and is cold and wet
not the day to adventure out to work
in the yard as Lord only knows
there is plenty to do now the frost
has touched everything with its icy blast

Frost Damage

Frost Damage

Several days will be needed to clear the yard
of all of dead growth frozen hard
but that is OK as out with the old
Nature will spring into life and will grow
new where the old no longer resides.

Together this is an amazing thing
as the cycle of life continues on
each year singing the same old tune
out with the old and in with the new.

Thank goodness that nature knows what to do
as we would be in trouble if she forgot
and decided that this year she had enough
and was no longer going to supply us with new.

I guess I will sit inside and look
out on the yard and watch things unfold
as the birds squabble over what feeder to pick
although the one right next door
would do the trick but no, that’s not the right one
so it seems as the birds fight over on which one to perch.

Winter Snow Scene

Winter Snow Scene

The one thing I am real grateful for
that here in my part of Texas
really bad weather is not usually on call
at least of snow and freezing rain
and winter to us is remarkably short
and will start to warm up in about a month
and things will be growing all over again.

We need the rain Lord only knows
as we have not had any amount
of rain in a couple of years
and drought conditions persist throughout.

Wildfires will a worry be
as things continue to be dry
no burning of refuse is allowed
which means on the compost heap will I
have to stack all of the stuff
from my garden that I cut
and the compost heap already high
will then reach up to the sky.

But worry not for with the spring
the garden I will need to mulch
and with the heap that I already have
should have enough to cover all.