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Poetry Sunday-To The Beat of Their Wings




To The Beat of Their Wings



To the beat of their wings,

a final call.

Farewell to autumn,

as the snow falls.



Formations stretch out,

across the sky.

Hundreds, now thousands,

lift their wings to fly.



Cold, fierce winds

pushing them onward.

Moonbeams, sun’s rays

navigate them forward.



An occasional rest,

then back to the task.

Soon in the warm breezes,

they can bask.



Though the way is now southerly,

all too soon-

They’ll be winging their way back

by the light of the moon.



 © Donna Donabella 2015



This poem came from my observing throngs of birds winging south for the winter.  The geese started their way in October as you can see in the picture at the top of the post.  And ended in early December with the starlings seen in the mosaic below.

The poem also speaks to my journey through the winter season.




December 21st is the Winter Solstice.  In celebration, I am doing my my Seasonal Celebrations round up post at my other blog, Gardens Eye View.   Join me tomorrow to see how others are celebrating the new season.  You can also read an excerpt of my Winter story in the latest issue of RURAL magazine.





I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

wings collage

I am also linking in with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday and with Kara@A Spirit of Simplicity for her Tuesday Afternoon meme.




If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 




I leave you with a few additional words about the wings of the season.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.


All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. December 20, 2015    

    How absolutely beautiful.
    Such a privilege to see. I expect your heart soared with them.
    Thank you – and a very happy Christmas to you and yours.

    • December 23, 2015    

      Indeed my heart did soar Soosie. I heard their call before I saw them. The moon shot was a lucky one. Wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas!

  2. December 20, 2015    

    By the light of the silvery moon…. Yes, you got me singing with this one, Donna. 🙂 You’ve also reminded me that when we were at Kinderdijk last Christmas Day (a tradition we keep each year), we saw several murmurations of swallows flying all around us. It was like a miracle. It was like…CHRISTMAS!

    • December 23, 2015    

      The miracles of Nature! Wishing a very Merry Christmas to you and Astrid!

  3. December 20, 2015    

    We await the northern birds here…some have already arrived and have built their nests…

    • December 23, 2015    

      Oh how wonderful….they are in good hands!

  4. December 20, 2015    

    your poem struck me that birds do not need to see at night – borne on north winds and navigating by the pull of the moon.

    What an amazing capture – and what a haven for the comings and goings of birds in your garden.

    p.s. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas Donna and wonder what your word for 2016 will be?!

    • December 23, 2015    

      I have to say truthfully, it was a lucky capture as I really could not see the geese when I was shooting the moon. And you will have to wait for my word on the 31st my friend. 🙂

      Wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas Laura!

  5. December 20, 2015    

    Isn’t nature the best teacher – if only we stopped and listened – as your poetry always does..and helps us to…flight and rest and finding something warmer..a good lesson for all

    • December 23, 2015    

      Absolutely nature is my best teacher Jae Rose! I am pleased you saw those lessons in the poem.

  6. December 20, 2015    

    Such a wonderful observation 😀 I could almost picture the scene!
    Wishing you Merry Christmas and a happy new year 🙂

    Lots of love,

    • December 23, 2015    

      Thanks Sanaa! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

  7. December 20, 2015    

    such a beautiful capture in lines and lens…many have arrived in our places too and still coming…wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Donna…

    • December 23, 2015    

      Oh thank you so much for your wonderful words about the poem Sumana! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  8. December 20, 2015    

    To the beat of their wings – and timed so perfectly. The image and words compliment each other. As we head into the winter months we will feel the darkness and await the light of color to once again splash our senses.

  9. December 20, 2015    

    Great observation, which is beautifully worded 🙂

  10. December 20, 2015    

    Ah yes Donna, they’ll soon be:

    “They’ll be winging their way back

    by the light of the moon.”

    Sp perfectly and poetically brought to life and a real treat to read _ thank you… With Best Wishes Scott

  11. December 20, 2015    

    SEASONS GREETINGS Donna, thank you for dropping in today, at my Sunday Lime

    much love…

    • December 23, 2015    

      And much love to you too Gillena….Merry Christmas!

  12. December 20, 2015    

    I love this poem, and your photos are truly wonderful. We had our first snowfall the other night and next morning there were literaly hundreds of small birds in our yard, one of the few in the neighbourhood that has feeders….they were also flocking to the fallen small plums on the ground under the big tree……was wonderful to see so many.

    • December 23, 2015    

      I adore watching the birds at feeders Sherry….sadly no snow and no snow for Christmas here…it will be near 70 tomorrow!

  13. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    December 20, 2015    

    Those migratory birds.. I love to see them coming back even more… now we are just waiting and waiting… a wonderful poem on this…

    • December 23, 2015    

      Thanks Bjorn…I agree I adore seeing them return.

  14. Tatius Tatius
    December 20, 2015    

    As a kid It was always fascinating for me watching the geese making their yearly flight and still to this day at that time of year I watch the sky for those V formations. Very picturesque poem.

    • December 23, 2015    

      Thank you and I appreciate your visit! I too love those V formations.

  15. December 20, 2015    

    I enjoyed this poem, and I especially liked that photo! It really set the mood.

    • December 23, 2015    

      Thank you…it was a lucky shot but such an inspirational one.

  16. ZQ ZQ
    December 20, 2015    

    Hello, Donna I’m back on line… I miss your wonderful art. The one that hit me immediately today was:
    “Though the way is now southerly,
    all too soon-
    They’ll be winging their way back
    by the light of the moon.

    I thought that was awesome (it may be, of course, that it summed up the whole reading)
    Enjoy the Season.

    • December 23, 2015    

      It is wonderful to see you back too…and I am so pleased you enjoyed the poem my friend. Happy Solstice!

  17. December 20, 2015    

    Yes, farewell to autumn. I empathize with that. This has been a long autumn for us…with no snow. I do wonder what winter will bring. I do like to think of them winging their way back….and I look forward to that!

    • December 23, 2015    

      Many have stayed with our warm weather….I wonder if we will have a winter?

  18. December 20, 2015    

    I wonder if the birds know that they take a piece of us with them when they leave, creating a space for rejoicing when they return?


    • December 23, 2015    

      Oh Elizabeth what a beautiful thought…it makes me love them even more when they return and it is so true.

  19. December 20, 2015    

    Nicely done! The rhyme helps the poem spiral with the seasons. The meter has the words ringing in my head.

    • December 23, 2015    

      Oh such lovely words for a poet to read…thank you Susan!

  20. December 20, 2015    

    The rhymes on this is like the movment of the wings. Wonderful photos and the words even more so. A few weeks ago my yard was filled with a round of robins on their way south. I knew winter was truly here when a few days later, they lifted their wings and flew away.

  21. December 21, 2015    

    Yes this was a delight to read. Well done.

  22. December 21, 2015    

    Fascinating! Just could not fathom the ability of migrating birds to undertake their journey with great accuracy.


  23. December 21, 2015    

    Hello, I am enjoying the migrating geese and birds. Your poem is lovely Wishing you a happy journey through the winter season.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • December 23, 2015    

      Thanks Eileen….those birds are in good hands down there. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  24. December 21, 2015    

    What a lovely poem to start my morning, Donna! I always love to see the birds in migration, happier when they’re returning. Merry Christmas to you.

    • December 23, 2015    

      I agree…I love seeing the birds on their return journey more….Merry Christmas!

  25. Brother Ollie Brother Ollie
    December 21, 2015    

    The snow and the geese are both flying. Winter…

    • December 23, 2015    

      Oh I wish the snow was flying here…still having warm weather.

  26. December 21, 2015    

    Hi Donna! Everything is so grey here too. We are waiting for the white Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • December 23, 2015    

      We are waiting for snow for winter…it is late in coming and now White Christmas here….Merry Christmas to you and your family Teresa!

  27. December 21, 2015    

    So nice to flow with the seasons. I love your poem and as always thoroughly enjoy your creative match of photos.
    Have a very Merry Christmas Donna.

    • December 23, 2015    

      Thanks so much Myrna! Merry Christmas…..

  28. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    December 21, 2015    

    Special words and lovely photos Donna. Makes me wonder what will happen this winter as we still have flocks of Canada geese that haven’t migrated. There’s still robins around too but I’ve seen them tough out the cold before.

    • December 23, 2015    

      Thanks Judith! I have been wondering how the birds and other critters are going to react to this warm winter….frogs have not hibernated yet.

  29. December 21, 2015    

    How beautifully written!

  30. December 21, 2015    

    The first photo kind of made me think of a winged Santa… beautiful poem and photos Donna…Michelle

    • December 23, 2015    

      Oh I love that description Michelle….and thank you!

  31. December 22, 2015    

    Yes, it’s officially winter now – a time for rest and regeneration. And we’ll all appreciate spring when it returns. 😉

    • December 23, 2015    

      Oh yes even without the snow I am enjoying resting in winter!

  32. December 22, 2015    

    Officially we’re in winter… Your lyrics are amazing, like always!
    “They’ll be winging their way back
    by the light of the moon.”
    Happy Winter Time!

    • December 23, 2015    

      Thanks so much Alexa! Yes we are enjoying winter even without the snow.

  33. December 22, 2015    

    Farewell poem…thanks we have other birds coming to stay for winter, so we’re never with no birds!

    • December 23, 2015    

      I love seeing our year round birds all winter…the woodpeckers are very busy now.

  34. December 23, 2015    

    I’m enchanted with the migration sky scenes as well. Beautiful!

  35. December 23, 2015    

    A fabulous image 🙂

    I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas 🙂

    • December 23, 2015    

      Thanks so much Cherie! Enjoy the holidays!

  36. December 25, 2015    

    And so life continues, and we go with Joy. Happy Christmas!

    • December 25, 2015    

      Beautifully said Susan! Happy Christmas!

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