WILD WATCHERS by Donna Swanson

Out on the prairie where the wheat blows free
lives a red-tailed hawk
and his daring family.
They hunt for their supper
and they wait in the trees,
out on the prairie where the wheat blows free.

Down in the valley where the wild river runs,
lives a great horned owl
and her wide-eyed sons.
They hunt all day in the rabbity runs,
down in the valley where the wild river runs.

Here in my yard where the violets grow,
lives a tiny brown wren
who loves her babies so.
She watches for the hawk
and she watches for the owl,
here in my yard where the violets grow.



About dswan2

Poet, author, columnist, lyricist, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife of 50 years. Born and raised in America's Heartland
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10 Responses to WILD WATCHERS by Donna Swanson

  1. bendedspoon says:

    You write so beautifully. That’s a perfect poem on the award. Congratulations! 🙂

  2. dswan2 says:

    Thank you! This was on the web for a long time; on a bird-watchers site. In fact, it was through this poem I became acquainted with a woman in New York who has become a very dear friend!

  3. Jingle says:


    Happy Rally.

  4. What a wonderful tribute to birds! I love how this flows. I agree with Bendedspoon that you write so beautifully!

    • dswan2 says:

      Thank you. I wrote this a while back while in a reflective mood. Never thought to publish it, but sent it to a bird watchers site I was on at the time and they chose to use it for many years on their website.

  5. Vinay says:

    I used to that before, write on the image photo itself 😀 and you do it so nicely, Donna. I enjoyed it.

  6. lunawitch15 says:

    That is so beautiful!
    I loved it!

  7. wordcoaster says:

    A wonderful version of Over in the Meadow–you had me singing along 🙂

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