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Celtic Myth

I was born in January and according to the Celts, the little wren is my spirit animal. I can identify with that. I am little and often seen darting about beneath the undergrowth.

The Little Wren

I first wrote a poem about the little written in 2020, during lockdown. I became familiar with a wren in a local wildlife garden. It was in free verse. I rewrote it as a waltz wave syllabic poem to meet Colleen’s poetry challenge. I’ve enjoyed the challenge, as it forced me to edit a lot.

The Waltz Wave was developed by Leo Waltz. It is a syllabaries form with a title and 19 lines. The pattern is: 1/2/1/2/3/2/1/2/3/4/3/2/1/2/3/2/1/2/1. I wrote the Little Wren as a double waltz wave poem.

The Little Wren | Artwork©️Lesley Scoble

The Little Wren

flick of
A flash
of light on
the ground
out of
under a bush,
shush; then, I
see the
It darts,
stops, starts, hops
here, there,
-er, thith-
-er the
Tail stands
proud. To pause,
then goes
the edge
of leafy
shrub and hedgerows
to sing in
high vol-
How can
a bird so
small, have
big a

Lesley Scoble, June 2023

Wren Day

I filmed the local wren taking a bath in a pond in a wildlife garden. 

While I film, I ponder by the pond…
I ponder on the fact that once upon a time they hunted the beautiful little wren. To celebrate St Stephen’s Day or ‘Wren Day’ on 26th December. On a day of wild revelry, Wren-boys would skewer them on poles or pitchforks. It was lucky to be handed a feather from the luckless little songbird. Can you believe it?

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