dVerse — Quadrille 144 — Snow Birds

resized cardinal in snow

Matters not hue nor contour,
when winter’s crystal
flies and frosts the trees
birds’ feathers shiver large
to puff into warm coat fluff.

Arranged in tacit, ordered
array, clawed stoics cling
to chill branches until called
to trapeze feeders atwist
in arctic breeze.

Merril is today’s host for dVerse’ Quadrille Monday. Merril says:
Use shiver–or some form of the word—in a poem of exactly 44 words. The form is up to you. Shiver in rhyme, or shiver in free verse. Shiver in the past, present, or future.

101 Comments Add yours

  1. Grace says:

    I can hardly see the birds from our frozen trees and garden. Puff that warm coat fluff!

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  2. just my thoughts today Lisa- so well captured – those little stoics “when”winter’s crystal
    flies ”
    that verb mirrors the birds – very nice double meaning

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Laura for reading and your feedback 🙂

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  3. merrildsmith says:

    I almost wrote about birds, too!
    I love “clawed stoics.” They rather must be!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, I see them that way when they wait so patiently in the trees for their turns at the feeders. Thank you, Merril.

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        You’re welcome. I always think about it with the geese and gulls in the cold water.

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  4. This is so lovely Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ Thank you, Linda.

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  5. The birds are such brave little heroes of survival

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  6. Ingrid says:

    This is so delightfully visual, Lisa! I especially love:

    ‘birds’ feathers shiver large
    to puff into warm coat fluff.’

    – I can just picture it 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Ingrid 🙂

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  7. Dale says:

    Love this, Lisa. I feel like I’m at our local arboretum which is also a bird sanctuary.

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  8. Ain says:

    REALLY beautiful, rather makes me wish I had attempted to use nature as well, though not sure could have pulled it off like this…

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    1. fireblossom32 says:

      I was just watching a YT video about how they fluff their feathers to create pockets of warmth. I have a feeder and love to watch them. Actually I have 2 feeders and slo a table where i set out peanuts every morning. Lovely seasonal poem!

      ps–in regard to your comment at my blog “nice if you can pull it off”, that was the whole point. No one caught the wry tone I intended. I’m not a fan of advice and doubt that anyone gets quietly reflective while having the tar kicked out of them! 😉

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      1. msjadeli says:

        That doesn’t surprise me about the bird feathers. A few years back when we had chickens I wanted to put a heater out in their pen in winter. My then-boyfriend said there was no need as they form a “chicken ball” and keep each other warm. Putting a heater in there would be counterproductive and a fire risk.

        LOL on your poem and have to agree 🙂

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  9. lillian says:

    Your words describe so perfectly the winter cardinal….puffing out to be warm and then that trapeze movement on the feeder! Well done.
    I always take delight sitting beside my daughter’s enclosed sun room window, watching the birds come to the feeder.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Lillian 🙂

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  10. Bodhirose says:

    We had our first really cold night (Florida cold) last night and this morning I did see some puffed up birds trying to keep warm. We have several feeders and one was covered in an assortment of tiny birds getting their daily sustenance to survive the cold. Thanks for a lovely snapshot of how stoic birds are when facing the winter harshness.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Bodhi, it is amazing how they set the example for us. I like what Bjorn said. Thank you for reading and your comment. Hope your weather warms up soon.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    We are both a bit birdy today! Love the way you packed this quadrille tightly and your use of “shiver”. Cardinals are so stunning. I searched for the perfect bird watching photo, then my husband just caught another shot of mama on the feeder a few minutes ago that I couldn’t resist adding. Little troopers in the snow!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, “Someone” Will be looking for your husband’s photo to see who this comment came from 🙂

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    2. msjadeli says:

      Ah yes, Mish! That’s a great shot of the cardinal.

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  12. calmkate says:

    lovely poem that mirrors your amazing pic Lisa, love it! Sun is out so off to walk my beach 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kate, wouldn’t it be neat to change hemispheres for just a day? I’d love to be out walking the beach in the sun right now.

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      1. calmkate says:

        lol not sure I’d cope with your cold Lisa, but I’d so love all those little birds 🙂

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  13. rothpoetry says:

    It is a shivering time for the birds. The cardinals do have a time keeping balanced on a swinging feeder!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it is! We got over another half foot last night and today. Snowed in again and I’m ok with it 🙂 Snowmobiles have been going up and down the road today.

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        Wow! Stay warm and enjoy!

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  14. Aww, sweet poem but it made me shiver when I read it. We are in a freeze here.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Where are you at, Mary? We got over half a foot in the last 24 hours. Last week was colder but not much snow.

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  15. Mary hood says:

    I am in the western part of Massachusetts. Luckily, we haven’t had a lot of snow. Last week about 8″. Mostly cold. From-8 – high 20s. Lots of ice! Spring can’t come soon enough for me.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I hear you on spring. Winter has fulfilled its obligation. Now it’s time to move on 😉

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      1. While we barely have had any snow this winter in central New Jersey so far, though there have been some cold nights, I sure as heck am ready for spring! 🙂

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  16. They are all in the same ‘boat’ out there and all adjust themselves in the same way. Winter birds are such sturdy creatures!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Indeed, Susan!

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  17. Ali Grimshaw says:

    What a perfect visual you created with your 44 words.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ali, thank you!

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  18. Oh, yes! How our little birds fluffed up during the recent snow. Well done, I can see it so perfectly.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sascha I’m glad you have your birdies to watch also. Thank you for reading and your comment.

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  19. A beautifully painted picture of words.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Carol.

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  20. Raivenne says:

    I liked the “clawed stoics” among the frosted trees. Just chillin’ in the chill.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I watch them every day out there and wonder how they do it. You’re right, they know how to chill in the chill 🙂

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  21. Xan says:

    “trapeze feeders”! brilliant image

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Alexandra.

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  22. K.Hartless says:

    Terrific trapeze feeder image. Never a wasted word. I love your quadrilles, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      K thanks for reading and your lovely comment.

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  23. Liesl Garner says:

    I love this! And I’m drinking Snarky Tea from my Cardinal in Snow mug as I peruse the posts tonight. Our birds match! I look forward to your posts on the Tao. I so love it. I have several books I read in the tradition.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      What a perfect mug to drink from in winter. Happy to hear you read taobooks. I’m sure we’ll have some fun conversations. Welcome to Tao Talk!

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  24. lynn__ says:

    I enjoyed your use of alliteration and internal rhymes in this, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Lynn, happy you are pleased with the read. Thank you 🙂

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  25. Sadje says:

    A vivid description of winter scene Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje. I’m feeling that chill, can you tell?

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      1. Sadje says:

        I can. Very palpable through your words

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  26. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Great descripton of the pic…perfect.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Max.

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  27. These birds are very determined! How they shiver,yet stand undeterred! 🙂

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      1. It’s Veera 🙂

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Ah, ok. Good to know, Veera 🙂 I will do my best to remember.

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  28. Lovely visual paean to heroic feathered soldiers! ❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Wonderful description of them, Punam.

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  29. M Jay Dixit says:

    A lovely quadrille, Lisa. Describes the picture perfectly!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I watch these little critters a lot. Thank you, Jay.

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  30. Sabio Lantz says:

    I got cold just reading

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  31. This isn’t related to the prompt itself, Lisa, but I love how you employed the word “tacit” in this poem – it flows so well in both meaning and sound to me…


    David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, David 🙂 It does seem like they have a tacit understanding of who goes to the feeder next.

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  32. pvcann says:

    I so love – clawed stoics – as if at once pejorative and yet also positive characteristic.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Paul. I don’t think they’d make it through winter without those seemingly impervious to cold feet.

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  33. I really enjoyed this — I can see the puff and fluff while trying desperately to get to birdseed inside a storm-blown feeder.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Happy you enjoyed it, Phillip, thank you 🙂

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  34. memadtwo says:

    So true–from sparrows to hawks. What a wonderful visitor for a cold day! (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      They keep the cats and I company.

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  35. writingwhatnots says:

    Brrr – feel chilly reading this. Great winter picture in your poem Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Marion.

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  36. Very nice poem love that. Great winter picture in your poem.

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  37. I love 💕 bird! Sometimes I wish I were a bird…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      What kind of bird would you wish to be?

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  38. love your poem Lisa! 👏👏

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Cindy!

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  39. They are most resilient!

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  40. A beautiful post thank you so much

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re welcome.

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  41. I hear u says:

    Beautiful depiction of scenery

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      1. I hear u says:

        mine pleasure dear

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  42. Beautifully written ❤🌹

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      1. You’re very welcome

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  43. eunice says:

    Great poem.

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      1. eunice says:

        You are welcome.

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