The Robin Rescue

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

I couldn’t help thinking of this poem as my son and his friends acted heroically to rescue a baby robin that had fallen from its nest high in an apple tree. The mission was a team effort, with Sage and Justin in the lead.
Justin, Sage, and Emery ascend to the robin's nest.

Justin, Sage, and Emery ascend to the robin’s nest.

Isaiah remained hanging from a lower branch, dangling like a ripe kid-fruit, but even his apparent apathy had a purpose: Immediately after Sage placed the baby bird in its nest, it came plunging out and landed on the ground. It was Isaiah who plucked it up, climbed to where Emery was clinging to a branch, and had her pass the robin up to Sage and Justin. Sure, “They also serve who only stand and wait,” but Isaiah proved that John Milton could have accurately replaced the verb “stand” with “dangle.”

Isaiah hanging from tree

Isaiah dangled for awhile before playing his part in the Robin Rescue.

Eventually, the mission was accomplished, and the heroes made their triumphant descent.

The Triumphant Descent

The Triumphant Descent

I think Emily Dickinson would have been proud.


  1. Those boys, lets call them Emory Dickinsons, are manly exemplars of her truth. You told them the quote – right? Great post, Rebecca!

  2. My own personal Robin and I rescued one of the two actual bird robins we have been watching this spring – Twit and Twitter -We think it was Twit who took the big jump. He seemed to have learned his lesson when he was confronted by our Tom Cat. One placed back in his warm nest, he stayed put.

  3. What a lovely story

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