Ink and Light: Bohemian Waxwing and Lines from Robert Francis

Panache: Bohemian Waxwing, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The red, waxy tips on the Bohemian Waxwings’ wings are actually flattened feather shafts. 

…beneath a silk-blue sky…
To sun, to feast, and to converse
and all together – for this I have abandoned
All my other lives.
Robert Francis – Waxwings, 1960

– Robert Francis (1901-1987) lived for 40 years in a two-room house he built in Amherst, Massachusetts. Of Francis, Robert Frost noted, “…of all the great, neglected poets, (he is) the best.”

10 thoughts on “Ink and Light: Bohemian Waxwing and Lines from Robert Francis

  1. Must be something in the air in Amherst that encourages great poets! Enjoying your literary pointers, some unknown and a pleasure to make their acquaintance.

  2. Hi Jack and Barbra! Nice photo of the waxwing. If you don’t mind, in what part of UB area did you find the waxwing? Can’t seem to find it in Songhino and Bogd Khan. Thanks.

    • Nice to hear from you,Jun! Waxwings migrate through Ulaanbaatar in spring. They don’t stay very long. They are going further north, to Siberia, to nest. Look for them any place there are wintertime or springtime berries. We sometimes saw them near The Garden restaurant feeding on orange or red berries there. I think in March or April. Good luck!

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