Works in the Herald 1933
Like little children out from school
We come in bevies, primly gay;
On sunlit lawns and shadow cool
With meek propriety we play,
And in and out about the ground
We weave, not for a moment still;
Determined, ere the daylight pass,
To make our fun and eat our fill.
Our crimson kirtles bob about
As here and there we bend and prance;
And in an out, and in and out,
Like little children at a dance --
Friendly we are, and nothing strange,
We'll tarry with you all the day,
Providing that you can arrange
Good faring, and a field to play.
We build our quaint nest swinging low
Like childish stockings from a peg --
Hung topsy-turvy by the toe,
The snug heel holding many an egg.
We set them in the scrubs remote
Where no trespasser rude may roam,
And sit and sound a plaintive note
To call a lagard help-mate home.
Watch when the late spring days are here;
Watch in some meadow by a stream,
When cobwebs drift and disappear
And every drab day is a dream;
Watch till a crimson kirtle's spied
In sunlit grass or shadow cool.
Here comes our bevy, straggling wide,
Like little children out from school.
Herald, 4 April 1933, p6