The Early Bird


It is a sad little song

Warbled in the dawn

Insomniatic wren

He is at it again


He sings out so loud

Feathers preened and proud

He gives his very best

Asleep are all the rest


To whom does he sing

This aria given wing

What does he need to say

At the earliest of the day


Not heard by a mate

Sleeping in so late

But he goes on undeterred

Singing out his lonely words


Is it just for me

This morning symphony

What message is he sending

With my sleep he’s ending


I do not want to criticize

Could you not wait for sunrise

To throat your lovely song

As the others sing along


Or is this your scheme

To keep me from my dream

With all the noise you make

Forcing me awake


24 Responses to “The Early Bird”
  1. At least a wren is something to blame for being awake at oh-dark-hundred hours! For me, it’s about a racing mind that captures a quick thought in those seconds of wakefulness and then has to chew and gnash over it.

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Super cool Brad, especially the end.

  3. Jim Borden says:

    I think maybe this wren gets a kick out of waking everyone up so early…

  4. kristianw84 says:

    It has been dreams keeping me awake lately, but whenever a bird disturbs my sleep, it’s always a crow…

    Beautiful poem, as always!

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    How sad to cry out and not get an answer. I’m sorry about your sleeplessness, but I also feel some empathy for the wren. Look at you—making me feel sorry for a bird.🤣

  6. joyroses13 says:

    Aww! I can just picture the little bird singing with all his might! Great job.

  7. jonicaggiano says:

    I just love Wrens I see them all day from where I write. We also have a wren nest that is occupied every year. I sit out on the porch waiting to watch the mother feed the babies. I love their songs. Ours don’t sing real early but I am not an early person. I worked for years where I had to get up at 4:00 am to get ready for work so I get up around eight. Beautiful piece Brad. Sending you lots of love and sending a big hug, if you hear the wren in the morning it will be delivering my virtual hug. Love Joni

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