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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Expect (07/11/13)

TITLE: The thrill of surprise
By Ellen Carr
07/17/13


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I'm watching two wattle birds swoop down to splash,
taking turns in the fish pond in a quick dash,
then perching to shake themselves, on the deck rail,
feathers now fluffy - head, wing and tail.
Their choice of a bath place, I didn't expect.
My custom-made birdbath they chose to reject.

And by my front door in camellia bush nest,
are three tiny sparrows, my scarce-hidden guests.
Such public nesting, so easy to spy,
where everyday traffic passes close by,
is not what's expected in avian care,
I'd expect sparrow parents to house them elsewhere.

Oh, the creatures of nature don't always conform
to our expectations, to our sense of norm.
They make creature choices, they find their own ways,
co-existing with humans, they brighten our days.

What a joy God's creation, its myriad forms.
What a marvel the way every creature performs.
In the pattern and order, the thrill of surprise,
in delights unexpected, our Creator's so wise.


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Leola Ogle 07/18/13
Delightful! I could almost hear the sounds of the birds splashing and singing. Lovely! God bless!
Carolyn Ancell07/21/13
This poem is delightful. The product of an observant eye and a thankful heart.
CD (Camille) Swanson 07/24/13
Awww I love this. I was just looking with wonder at two birds yesterday, enjoying their interaction with each other, and their graceful flitting to and fro the branches. Peaceful and God's hands at work.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/27/13
This is delightful. I never really got into bird watching until two years ago when I stumbled upon a nesting killdeer smack in the middle of the driveway. It is pretty amazing how God watches over all of his creatures. Congratulations on ranking 28 overall!!