Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Fallen & broken April 14, 2021

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LAST WEEK, WHILE RAKING leaves off flowerbeds, I came across a bird nest in the grass. Nestled near a retaining wall, by a row of evergreens.

Inside, a pale blue egg lay in the center, next to the broken shell of another egg.

I didn’t touch anything, didn’t move or investigate, simply photographed. And pondered.

Minnesota Prairie Roots photo.

How did this nest, woven with such care and perfection by a bird’s beak, claws and body, end up upon the ground? I speculated that strong winds earlier in the day loosened the nest from the shelter of the neighbor’s evergreens. Or perhaps the nest dropped from the maple in our backyard.

Whatever the story, I felt a sense of sadness at the loss. I recognize the realities of the natural world. Of challenges and predators and unhappy endings.

Minnesota Prairie Roots photo.

And that is life. We can choose the materials to build our lives and weave in hopes and dreams, plans and goals. But then along comes a strong wind and, whoosh, just like that our carefully-crafted nests plummet to the earth and we find ourselves struggling, broken. Struggling to rebuild. Wondering why and how this happened. It is then that we need to reach deep inside, to connect with those who listen and care, to remember that we are not alone.

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10 Responses to “Fallen & broken”

  1. valeriebollinger Says:

    Love the photo! I sure wonder if mama will come back…doubtful though. So sad.

  2. There is something so poignant about a nest that gets knocked out of its hiding place – those exposed eggs, the loss of a bird’s efforts.

  3. What a wonderful find and even better comparison to our life’s journeys.

  4. Jackie Hemmer Says:

    Nature is interesting isn’t it. Your analogy of the nest and life is spot-on! You have a very caring heart !


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