Barbed Wire

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