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The Jolly Holly

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Same old holly berries, same old food. Where’s a juicy earthworm when you need one?

Sigh…. Well, there’s nothing to do but to go for it. Hmm … let’s see … I wonder if they all taste the same.

I don’t have teeth, so I guess I just have to swallow the thing whole. Not very ladylike, but here goes. Gulp!

Oh man! These are big enough to choke a horse. Good thing I’m not a horse. Do I look like a Christmas decoration?

This is the last one … OOPS! Just about fell off my perch. I guess that means I’ve had enough.

Have you tasted holly berries?
Oh, of course, you did.
Little ones, and
Luscious ones,
You're sitting right amid.
But it is best if you're a bird, as
Everyone does know,
Red is pretty
Red is ripe
Yet stomach aches can grow.


So snag the berries off the branch,
Nab that one by your feet,
And after tasting, 
Can you tell,
Keen as you are to eat?

"These berries certainly are great,"
I heard the robin say,
"Mushy, minty, maybe I'll 
Eat all I can today."

If you’ve managed to get through my little rhyme, you may have noticed that the first letters of each line, read downwards, give a little message. Do you see it?

If you would like to have a quick review of some apostrophe problems many people have (and many don’t even know it), please have a look at my latest writing tips on my other blog, anneli’s place. https://annelisplace.wordpress.com/

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61 thoughts on “The Jolly Holly

  1. Lovely series of photos and a berry good poem too!

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  2. A sweet little bird, I’m not getting a little message… 🤷‍♂️🌮

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  3. Gorgeous shots, Anneli. Loved the poem too. 🙂

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  4. Such festive photos, Anneli. How clever of you to incorporate the little puzzle. Loved it.

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  5. I love the message! And the photos of the little robin – it’s so cold up here now (-36°C tonight 🥶) that it’s delightful to see your pictures. 🙂

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  6. Gorgeous shots and great story! Love it!

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  7. Very good pictures of this pretty little bird and a lovely poem to go with them. I love your bird-posts a lot!

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    • From one bird lover to another, thank you for your comment, Ursula. I’m glad you also feed the birds at your place. Between us, we’ll keep a few birds alive over the winter. I’m glad you liked my efforts at poetry too. Thanks.

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  9. Stunning photography… and very clever with the poem. I forget what that is called!

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  10. Well done with the first letters of each line! 🙂

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  11. A contented little bird. Always nice when to

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  12. Oops, msg sent too soon.
    I wanted to add it’s always nice when you capture a bird with a berry in its mouth. I love those shots 😊

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    • I’ve done that (sending too soon). Not to worry. But yes, I love it when I happen to catch the moment. I can tell you it didn’t happen because of good planning – just pure luck. He was so greedy (or hungry) that I just had to keep snapping pics and one of those times I was bound to capture that moment.

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  13. What a cute bird! And love the message.

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  14. Gorgeous close ups, Anneli. Sweet and clever poem. Have a Holly, Holly Christmas! ❤

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  15. Excellent ACROSTIC poem! They are so much fun to write and they really help a poet structure how she writes each line. What gorgeous photos!!

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  16. Stunning photos and lovely poem!

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  17. Berry nice poem (and message). 😉 Is that a robin? The sun is so bright it’s hard to tell. Bet you’re glad to have the sunshine.

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    • Thanks, Lori. Yes, that’s a robin. The sun came out and I ran for the camera because I knew it couldn’t last. That was a couple of weeks ago, and today we have another rare sunny day. But in between it has been wind and rain and then it switches to rain and wind. So you can see why we get excited by a bit of sunshine.

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  18. The little bird does look like an ornament! Lol. Happy Holidays to you too, Anneli. Enjoy your snacks and presents and the coming of a brighter, happier, kinder year. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Diana. You too. Things just have to get better soon. It has been a real test for us all, especially hard on those who are “people” people. I’m a bit more on the loner side so it hasn’t been all that bad in the socializing aspect, but it is a worry with our ageing family members, for sure. It has to get better soon. (I think I already said that, but I really wish it.) Have a very good Christmas, Diana.

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  19. Fun word play in the poem and its first letters, Anneli. And your robin photos are pure joy. Cheers, Anneli.

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  21. Your robin really resembles the redwing thrushes that we get here in winter – they fly down from Iceland and gulp all berries that they see.

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