Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) by John James Audubon‘Molothrus Ater’ by Jane Blanchard The Society April 20, 2017 Culture, Poetry 4 Comments Note: The brown-headed cowbird, Molothrus ater, rather than raise its own young, lays its eggs in the nests of other birds, which may or may not accept them or the nestlings that emerge from them. How long it took to think of such! Since mothering has proved too much, My next egg goes into the nest Of one more apt to pass that test. The chick would get a chance to hatch Among young close enough to match; It might be fed until it fledged If strangeness should remain alleged. I could return to my fine herd, The proper life for this proud bird, Since tending cows is what I do And to myself I must be true. Jane Blanchard lives and writes in Georgia. Her first collection, Unloosed, is available from Kelsay Books. Her second, Tides & Currents, was released earlier this year. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses James Sale April 20, 2017 Enjoyed this poem; I am not familiar with this bird, though in England we have one that is similar – the cuckoo, which lays eggs in other birds nest and whose young grow up to destroy their ‘foster’ parents. This became a potent metaphor in Elizabethan England – Shakespeare’s Love’ Labour’s Lost for example – where the sound of the bird is ‘unpleasing to the married ear’. Reply 绿山从 From Green Mountain (Cong Lu Shan) April 20, 2017 wonderful poem Reply David Hollywood April 21, 2017 Nature at its very honest. Thank you for the reflection – lovely! Reply Wendy Bourke April 28, 2017 Very thought provoking! This struck me as a metaphor for parents who abandon their children completely to the school system – or even private schools. They are true to themselves … but at what cost to their children. Thoroughly enjoyed the rhyme in this wonderfully rendered piece. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.