NaPoWriMo 13 – don’t put all your eggs in one basket

The bath is full of turtle eggs.

There’s a wren’s egg nestled
in among the tea-bags, and
there are goldfinches hatching
all along the mantelpiece.

I opened the kitchen cupboard,
and it was full of duck eggs,
palest blue, like a whisper of sky,

and there are snake eggs
heaped by the wood-burning stove.

Tiny jewelled humming-bird eggs
hang in cobweb baskets from each beam,
and there’s a stately, plump
ostrich egg throned on the sofa,

and in the dining room
a hundred thousand butterflies
are laying pin-prick eggs
on the green velvet curtains.

Today NaPoWriMo asks us to play with proverbs, invert them and see what happens. 

6 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo 13 – don’t put all your eggs in one basket

  1. I especially like the butterfly eggs. Be prepared, magical come alive.

    Years ago, after my husband was left disabled after an operation on his spine, to keep things interesting for him I planted a swan tree outside the window knowing the monarch butterflies would gravitate to it which they did. Eventually endless, 40/50 (I kid you not) chrysalis attached themselves along the window sashes there. It was simply magical. They came inside and attached them to a wicker stand that held African violets. Oh, you brought back such lovely memories and I just had to share them with you.


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