December Muse Day

“December Muse Day”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Today is Garden Blogger’s Muse Day, day to post a poem relating to gardening.

Thanks to Sweet Home and Garden Chicago for starting Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day. Check out other bloggers’ poem selections at Carolyn’s blog.

I Heard a Bird Sing


Oliver Herford

I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.

‘We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,’
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.



  1. carolyngail said,

    December 1, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Hi Jan,

    Great minds think along the same lines : Nancybond and Gail both posted your lovely poem.

    Thanks for participating.

  2. Jan said,

    December 1, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Carolyn, I guess we all are not looking forward to winter but to spring.

  3. December 1, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    What a beautiful photograph!! Perhaps he’s already looking forward to Spring, too? This is a very cute poem. Every day gets us one step closer, right? 🙂

  4. December 2, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Oh wow! I am thankful you heard a bird sing and we can count on Spring being a bit close than it was. Your birdie is a handsome little thing.

  5. December 2, 2008 at 2:22 am

    Very nice Jan. Is the bird alive? 🙂 /Tyra

  6. Phillip said,

    December 2, 2008 at 2:32 am

    I love the poem, this is the first time I’ve heard it. Nice bird photo too, is that a goldfinch?

  7. Jan said,

    December 2, 2008 at 4:29 am

    Shady Gardener, I believe in enjoying the present, but, as a gardener, it is hard not to look forward to springtime.

    Anna, after seeing some of the winter photos of snow and frost, I can understand why so many of us are looking forward to warmer days.

    Tyra, yes, the bird is alive. He was on one of our bird feeders munching out.

    Phillip, yes, it is a goldfinch in winter colors. These are some of our favorite winter visitors.

  8. Randy said,

    December 2, 2008 at 6:48 am

    What a lovely picture Jan! Jamie and I realllllllly need to get some birdseed out in the feeders.

  9. Camellia said,

    December 2, 2008 at 10:14 am

    I just love that bird image, and it’s all beautifully colour coordinated (it’s great with birds who know to sit down right where the background matches their head colour). Sweet poem, too. Luckily, in December it’s candles and moments in front of the open fire place time!

  10. Jean said,

    December 2, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Ah, you’ve got the goldfinches now. Lucky you. I’m looking for them but haven’t seen them yet. They should be here before the end of the year I hope. Perfect poem, by the way.

  11. Gail said,

    December 2, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Hi…It is a great poem! Glad you liked it, too! Gail

  12. Jan said,

    December 2, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Randy, birds really add to a winter garden when there are so few things blooming, so get that feeder filled so you can enjoy your garden in winter.

    Camellia, yes, that was a very cooperative bird. Posing for a photo was his way of repaying us for feeding him all winter.

    Jean, the goldfinches have just started arriving. I expect we will soon be having more.

    Gail, you are right. It is a perfect poem for this time of year.

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