The Owner Builder – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Kim is hosting poetics with an invitation to consider animal architecture and write a poem that focusses on a creature building its home.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Animal Architecture

Photo: a Welcome Swallow’s nest under the aqueduct at Beringbooding Rock near Bonnie Rock, early spring 2008.

“It’s surely summer. for there’s a swallow.” Christina Rossetti

The Owner Builder

Like a freelance plasterer the
swallows gather at water's edge
to gouge the damp, sticky clay
a hundred times ten pellets by beak,
on the wing, 
thrust into a tiny aperture,
cup as house on the under-hang,
nothing slithers here,
no caw of raven comes threatening,
no one, no thing
ever negotiates this plane,
no storm or quake can dislodge
this palace of mud.

Copyright 2023 ©️Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®️ 

Photo: same place, if you look carefully you will see the owner builder.


Filed under bush walking, Country, environment, Free Verse, nature, poem, quote

14 responses to “The Owner Builder – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Amazing 👍🏼


  2. The swallow is one of my favourite birds and fantastic builders as your verse depicts Paul ❤️

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  3. Your Owner Builder poem reminded me of the time we had a swallows next in the conservatory of a previous home, Paul. I love the comparison with a freelance plasterer, and the nest as a palace of mud.

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  4. A palace of mud… they are so skilled.

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  5. Mud does have its uses!

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  6. Rob Kistner

    Appreciate your perspective on animal architecture! Wonderful exploration of the concept, great take and good write Paul. Fascinating thing the Swallow.

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