Abandoned Nest by Amy Blanchard

Amy Blanchard | June 8th, 2023 | poetry | No Comments


Last Spring,
a pair of Cape turtle doves
flew back and forth,
piling twigs high.

I watched from my window,
as I cradled
tiny, new you in my arms.

Now, the frangipani trees
have lost all their blooms.
Swirls of yellows, pinks and whites
are brown.

And tucked on top
of the paint-peeling pillar
sits an empty nest.

I don’t envy those parents their discovery.

Poet Bio

Amy Blanchard was born in Athlone, Cape Town. She has a BA Degree in Cultural and Literary Studies from UCT. She has worked within Media and TV for many years. And has performed in local and international professional theatre productions. The highlight being performing in Petersen and Kramer’s Kat and the Kings at The Fugard Theatre in 2012/13. She is an avid reader and has an interest in both poetry and prose. And has a great love for nature and the outdoors. Amy resides in Cape Town with her husband and their daughter.

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