Poem ‘A Robin’s Descent’

A Robin’s Descent

The rain is gone,
though a heaviness remains.

Between this precious repose
and first glimpses of a lighter day,

a robin drops to drenched grass,
almost tame and curious,

the colour of passion,
his peppy, ardent life

among manifold greens.
Then he pops up once more,

daring closer this time,
an upturned table leg his perch,

to peek inside this house
of false comfort,

bringing life to worn out lives

poem and image Β© copyright df barker 2012



  1. Ina · May 3, 2012

    Hi David
    how lovely this robin, the painting and poem. πŸ™‚ They are always around in Winter, and solitair as they are. they never show up with a mate? I wonder where they go to in Summer? They must have nests somewhere…

    The tags says legends, that makes me curious, could you tel the legends? πŸ™‚


  2. totsymae1011 · May 3, 2012

    I love it.


  3. dfb · May 3, 2012

    Thank you so much Ina! No, I’ve no idea where they go. There is ‘Robin’ Hood, of course!


  4. magsx2 · May 3, 2012

    You wouldn’t believe it but as soon as I clicked onto your blog and I just started to read your post, the heavens opened up and the rain is pouring down, what are the odds. πŸ™‚

    A very nice poem, and I love the painting as well.


  5. dfb · May 3, 2012

    Thank you so much Mags! I do appreciate it, even if we don’t like the rain too much!


  6. jpon · May 3, 2012

    I’m with Mags. Excellent poem and painting.


  7. dfb · May 3, 2012

    Thank you so much, kind Sir! πŸ™‚


  8. susangeckle · May 3, 2012

    “Bringing hope to worn out lives.” Birds do bring us joy. When I wake up in the morning they’re the first thing I listen for. Beautiful painting.


  9. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words · May 3, 2012

    beautiful…poem is magickal anf the painting is enchanting….
    as always…..


  10. dfb · May 3, 2012

    Thank you so much maryrose!


  11. dfb · May 3, 2012

    Thank you very much Susan!


  12. Colline · May 3, 2012

    As I read the poem I could imagine the robin moving in the way that is unique to them. Beautiful painting.


  13. Just A Smidgen · May 3, 2012

    To see a little robin perched like that would indeed bring a welcome bit of life into a worn life.. Love this one!


  14. rangewriter · May 3, 2012

    Another awesome pairing of painting and words. The opening lines seized my heart.


  15. Soma Mukherjee · May 3, 2012

    Beautiful painting, any creature of nature,birds or animals warm up heart like nothing else can….
    Loved the poetry David…often sit in my balcony and observe birds and squirrels after the rain.. they are great healer and brighten up the mood…
    loved how closely you have watched Miss Robin’s behaviour…


  16. Three Well Beings · May 3, 2012

    I love the painting of your Robin. So engaging! I enjoyed the lightness in this poem…we’ve had a few days of rain, too, and no sun yet this morning. I will picture the curiosity of this little bird, coming out and exploring in the drenched grass! Debra


  17. susanjanejones · May 3, 2012

    Nothing cheers like a robin. Lovely painting.


  18. claudia · May 3, 2012

    first i thought, it’s really just about that robin..i mean..that would’ve been enough as i love how you describe the scene…but then…you go beyond it..and leave space for us to interprete..i like..


  19. dfb · May 3, 2012

    Thank you very much Colline!


  20. dfb · May 3, 2012

    Thank you very much!!!


  21. dfb · May 3, 2012

    Linda, thank you so much!


  22. dfb · May 3, 2012

    Soma, thank you so much!


  23. dfb · May 3, 2012

    Thank you very much Debra!


  24. dfb · May 3, 2012

    Thanks very much Claudia!


  25. Emma · May 3, 2012

    I feel a bit melancholy at the end of this one, David. I love how you’ve used the robin to explore the contrast between happiness/contentment and the more oppressive feelings of what I’m reading as depression or maybe just a case of the doldrums. It works so well as you move from ‘the color of passion’ to the internal feeling of being worn out coming from the speaker. On another note, I must say I truly love this painting!


  26. dontchawannadream · May 3, 2012

    Awww so lovely!!!!


  27. wordsweneversaid · May 3, 2012

    This picture – made me so happy!

    What a dapper little fellow!

    well done!



  28. tikarmavodicka · May 3, 2012

    The painting of the robin is just enchanting and delightful it compliments your most lovely poem so well.
    I found your poem most uplifitng after an early morning full of fog and rain with twitter of birdsong in my ears now as I read and a glance of sunshine emerging.
    This made for a most lovely and peaceful start to my day,
    Thank you for sharing such a charming painting and poem.

    Tikarma. x


  29. Betty Hayes Albright · May 4, 2012

    David, I love the poem so much – and that painting of the robin is delightful. (A young one – he still has his spots – sweet!)


  30. dfb · May 4, 2012

    Thank you very much!!!!!!


  31. dfb · May 4, 2012

    Thank you very much once again for your comments Emma!


  32. dfb · May 4, 2012

    I thank you so much!!!


  33. dfb · May 4, 2012

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments, I do appreciate it!


  34. dfb · May 4, 2012

    Thank you so much again Betty!


  35. Frederick E. Whitehead · May 4, 2012



  36. jane tims · May 4, 2012

    Hi. Your painting is terrific… especially his eye. In your poem, I like the first two lines and the way it capures the ‘feeling’ after a rain. Jane


  37. journeyintopoetry · May 4, 2012

    Fabulous as ever Dvid “the colour of passion” – I love that πŸ™‚

    Andthe painting is just exquisite



  38. dfb · May 4, 2012

    Hi Christine! Hope you are Ok, thank you so much once again.


  39. dfb · May 4, 2012

    Thank you very much Jane!


  40. Shawna · May 5, 2012

    “to peek inside this house
    of false comfort,
    bringing life to worn out lives”

    Oh wow, what a powerful ending.


  41. dfb · May 5, 2012

    Thank you!!!


  42. bardessdmdenton · May 9, 2012

    So much to enjoy here: the wonderful painting, and your poem is precious.

    ‘a robin drops to drenched grass,
    almost tame and curious,

    the colour of passion,’
    his peppy, ardent life

    Every bird, every flower, every leaf and breeze and raindrop can tell us something about our lives…without even trying to!


  43. dfb · May 10, 2012

    Thank you so much for all your comments, they are appreciated. I will be taking a short break from blogging for a few weeks now. πŸ™‚


  44. bardessdmdenton · May 10, 2012

    Will miss you, but have a nice break. I may need to do the same sometime soon.


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