Tuesday, August 19, 2014

An Unwelcome Guest--By Robert P. Hansen--United States

An Unwelcome Guest

Just outside my window,
the flutter of wings
against the pane.

A robin has built a nest
of mud-encrusted twigs
and feathers on the sill.

I’ve lived here years, and
never has a bird encroached
upon my territory.

I know what spring will
bring: the noisome squawks
of hungry little birds.

I try to open the window,
but it is cemented into place
by the dried mud.

I have no ladder to reach
it from the outside, but there
are no blue eggs in the nest.


Robert P. Hansen teaches philosophy and ethics at a community college, and he is currently finishing the second book of a fantasy series. His other three novels and collections of his poetry and short stories are currently available as e-books through various online retailers. For details, visit his blog at: http://rphansenauthorpoet.wordpress.com/.


  1. I smiled as I read this, Robert. A bird has built her nest on the eaves and one has to give them credit for their ingenuity and creativity. Your poem expertly paints great visuals, with a touch of humor and reality that somehow, someway, we must all learn to live together. We are all inevitably a part of God's plan........... thanks for a lovely story! Sheri / www.poetryandbeyond.net

  2. Sheri, you said it all. Robert, I loved your poem that made me also smile. Thank you for sharing your talent in this very well written poem. I could just visualize the whole scene so well put together.

  3. Hi Robert. I enjoyed "An Unwelcome Guest." It is fun and witty. And think, it could be worse: it could be a pigeon up there, lol. Thanks for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

  4. Thank you, Linda Hurdwell, for the following--

    I did enjoy this and yet!