Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Heron Poem

Much relief this morning after my yearly check up following major cancer surgery six years ago. Once again given the all clear. I asked how long the follow ups would continue and was informed it would be for a minimum of ten years and probably longer. It is nice to know that you are not just abandoned but continuously monitored.

On checking the comments this morning it was great to receive another of Glo's (of Porcelain Rose) poems.

A heron named Harry was wishing
He’d learned the fine art of ice fishing,
For here and beyond
There was ice on each pond,
With nary a fishtail a-swishing.

He saw a few holes, which was thrilling!
Perhaps they were left from John’s drilling.
He had to admit
That his beak wouldn’t fit
And to foot the whole bill would be chilling.

Grey Heron

He stood on the edge looking wistful
Pretending his mouth held a fistful ~
An instinctual drive
He decided to dive ~
Upended and stuck in the midstful!

Brilliant Glo and thank you so much.


  1. Lovely poem John. Great news that you have been given the all clear. Happy New Year to you:)

  2. One lucky man. Great news and it's nice to have some.

  3. Wonderful news on the 'all clear', and an uplifting way to start the new year.

    I'm glad you liked the heron poem ~ as I visualized Harry spearing his bill into a drilled hole in the ice and becoming a semi lodger. Thanks for the mention and the link, also.

    I became so wrapped up in the poem, I neglected to mention the detail and clarity in your first photo. Very interesting about the underside of the wing as shown in the second one.

    Happy New Year!

  4. Thats good news John. Her's to many more years of your great garden images.

  5. Glad your new year will be off to a healthy start!


  6. Hello Lynmiranda. It is always great to receive one of Glo's poems. A Very Happy New Year to you also.

  7. Hello Adrian. It is always a great relief once past the annual checkup. I am lucky to live in an area where the cancer service is very efficient.

  8. Hello Glo. Christmas time can be a bit fraught waiting for the results of the annual tests but as you say it is an uplifting way the start a new year.

    Looking at other photos of the Grey Heron on the net it looks to me as though they have three layers of feathers on the front of each wing. Something I had never thought about. Maybe all birds have these multiple layers.

    Happy New Year to you also.

  9. Thank you Roy. I do enjoy recording the antics of the visiting birds.

  10. Thank you Wilma. Wishing you a very Happy New Year.

  11. Hello John, Sorry to have missed commenting on your great posts lately. Many congratulations on your very good news, I'm sure it is a great weight off your mind after waiting so long for the results.

    The Heron photos on the previous post are lovely, what a magnificent visitor to have in your garden and Glo's poem is masterly again.

    I loved Bobby's Christmas video by the way and I hope you had a pleasant and peaceful time and I wish you and Bobby a happy and healthy New Year.

  12. What a good way for you to start the new year knowing that all is well and loved Glo's poem. Happy 2010. Helen

  13. Great news to start a New Year John.
    I wish you all the best for 2010

  14. Great to hear the good news John.
    Happy New Year.

  15. Hello Jan. No problems on the commenting. It is a relief as the tests were nearly four months ago.

    The Heron was back again today - stood on top of the shed! It is by far the largest visitor I get.

    It was a peaceful Christmas period - in some ways too peaceful. Thank you for your wishes and I hope all goes well for you in the near future.

  16. Best wished to you also Helen. It is always great to receive one of Glo's poems.

  17. Thank you Keith. I hope you get a nice smooth time through 2010.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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