Saturday, June 27, 2009

A Surprise in the Bean Patch

I was picking peanut beans this morning and found something unexpected...

...a nest containing four little turquoise and brown eggs.

It is the work, I'm guessing, of a sparrow. If any reader can confirm or correct that supposition, I would appreciate it.

Normally, I don't eat green beans and eggs at the same meal. However, this seemed a fitting occasion to have them share the plate.

Those tiny eggs didn't add up to much of a omelette, but boy was it tasty!

I savored the flavor while contemplating an old ditty from William Wordsworth:

The Sparrow's Nest

BEHOLD, within the leafy shade,
Those bright blue eggs together laid!
On me the chance-discovered sight
Gleamed like a vision of delight.
I started---seeming to espy
The home and sheltered bed,
The Sparrow's dwelling, which, hard by
My Father' house, in wet or dry
My sister Emmeline and I
Together visited.

She looked at it and seemed to fear it;
Dreading, tho' wishing, to be near it:
Such heart was in her, being then
A little Prattler among men.
The Blessing of my later year
Was with me when a boy:
She gave me eyes, she gave me ears;
And humble care, and delicate fears;
A heart, the fountain of sweet tears;
And love, and thought, and joy.

1 comment:

Betty Cloer Wallace said...

Chinese proverb: If you hold a green bough in your heart, a singing bird will come.