No nest materials for birds
in the drought stricken Dust Bowl --
fertile soil and plants ripped off
by dust storms -- depression ruled
but crows have hard-times survival
embedded in their cells -- they stole
wire and barbed wire from farmers,
carefully twisted them into homes
to protect their young.
A Texas photo from the 1930's
pays tribute to the barbed wire nest.
Home is where you can close
your dust-filled eyes to rest.
I'm learning from crows how
to use the barbed wire in my life
to build a nest during storms
that strip me of hope.
by Lilija Valis