Friday, December 13, 2013

See Beautiful: An Outdoor Tale Of Caring

The Outdoor Night Before Christmas

On the night before Christmas
All round the lawn
The creatures were huddled
And waiting for dawn.

The night was so cold
The thermometer froze.
To make it much worse
It started to snow.

In their holes, nests, and burrows
the animals cuddled.
Curling up tightly
For warmth as they snuggled.

Some fluffed feathers or fur
For more insulation,
But the night was so bitter
'Twas small consolation.

"Oh dear," thought the Vole,
"All the roots will be frozen.
Whatever will there be to eat
When I've risen?"

Owl hooted, thinking
Ahead, as is wise.
"We'll be thirsty tomorrow.
The water will be ice."

"The snow will be thick
On the ground before morning."
Grumbled Squirrel,
"I won't eat by going acorn-ing."

The Junco and Cardinal
And Capped Chickadee
Agreed that the snowfall
Would bury the seeds.

So as the humans dreamed
In sugarplum beds,
Poor miserable wildlife
Watched the cold dawn with dread...

What's this? Here's the Rabbit
Crying, "Be of Good Cheer!
My friends, come and see!
Our Christmas is here!"

Sparrow sang, "Look!
The feeders are full!
It's my favorite -
Sunflower seeds without hulls!"

"And peanuts!
And suet!
And safflower seeds!
In birdbaths!
Mealworms! Thistle seeds!"

Then with joy
Did the creatures spring out of their nests,
Saying, "Thank you dear Humans,
This Christmas is the best!

And this thoughtfulness we will reward
All year long,
With our antics and beauty
And Dawn Chorus song."

Noses pressed against windows,
The Humans replied,
"Merry Christmas to us all
Whether in- or out-side!"

Caring for wildlife is Beautiful.
This post is part of the See Beautiful Blog Hop. Share the beauty you see with us!


  1. Thank you Amy and Toby for you kind comments.

    My BIL was having a time w allergies this fall. He had a horrible cough. The cough causeda dissection in his carotid artery. The artery is in layers..there was bleeding between the layers which fired a clot. His BP and cholesterol are both normal. This was definitely a most scary time for all of us.

    Madi and mom

  2. Excuse typos
    It caused a clot not fired a clot

  3. Toby, you are impressive. Love your See Beauty poem! Love your cape!

    -Livvie from

  4. OMD...Ma's eyes are teary. That was very Beautiful. Thank you for sharing...and reminding everyone to care for our wildlife friends.
    *Cairn cuddles*

  5. A beautiful poem! Perfect for See Beautiful!

  6. That was beautiful indeed and we too love your cape. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  7. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm clotee. It's my first time visiting your blog. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-store. Nice to know you.


  8. what a beautiful story, have an amazing holliday season

    retro rover

  9. LOVED this beautiful writing!!! AND you're so right - caring for wildlife is incredibly beautiful. Thank you so much for the ways you consistently see, celebrate and create more beautiful!


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