Connie's Books:
As Humans We Seek To Understand
Rhyme Some Words to Have Some Fun
To Understand the Why
Fly With Our Feathered Friends
Bird Poems & Mother Nature


Tell Me What You Think:

Email BirdPoet

Audio Poetry Collection:


Audio Poems By Connie

Photos and More Audio Poems:
Gallery of Photos and Audio Bird songs

Happiness With Tiny Anna Hummingbirds:

Hummingbird Photos & Story of A Special Visit, A Female
Hummingbird Photos & Listen to his song or warning call

Hummingbird Poems:

The Tiny Hummingbird, Starts The Day
They Know He Is A Sweet Little Gem
The Hummingbird Trusts Me
Audio Poem Click to Listen - The Hummingbird Trusts Me

A Poem About Hummingbirds

Audio Poem Click to Listen - His Song is a Sweet Melody
Or read the Poem:

His Song is a Sweet Melody


A cold and windy morning
Seems to have come our way

Overcast and dreary
Begins this autumn day

The changing season is apparent
You can tell
From the amount of sunlight

Gone are the long days of summer
Darkness comes earlier each night

The Hummingbird is singing
High up in the tree

It is easy to see his silhouette
His song is a sweet melody

Having more than one feeder
Helps to sustain the Hummingbirds

With territorial behavior
Lots of chattering can be heard

In the West
Hummingbirds visit all year long

Filling the feeder during the winter
Will help to keep them strong

Connie S. Soto
October 04, 2010

Momma & Baby Hummingbird
It looks like baby is hungry


Warning Call From the Hummingbird


The Coopers Hawk has been relentless this year.
He should have flown south but stays to dine
on my wild birds that come to eat in the yard.
The Hummer flies high and warns the other
birds that he is in the yard.


The Coopers Hawk Balances on Small Branches



A Poem For Dad - To Understand The Why
A Poem For Family - Old Fashioned Remedy
A Poem For All Time 1914 - I See You Smile


A Short Poem - Find Our Way
A Poem - To Deceive

Poems About Life:

Simply A Matter Of Choice
Pink Slips Are Coming Any Day
Impending Doom
Treasure It More

Poems from the field:

Poem - Golden Eagle



Audio Poem Click to Listen - For All the Little Things
Or read the Poem:

For All the Little Things


We have spent our life together
We would not have it
Any other way

I am glad you are always near
It comforts me
More than I can say

You hold me close
If I am sad
You warm my heart
When you hold my hand

For all the little things
You always do for me
They count more than you know
I am glad that you love me

Connie S. Soto
February 2, 2010


Audio Poem Click to Listen - Vger, My Sweet Little Kitty
Or read the Poem:

Vger, My Sweet Little Kitty


I feel this love for my kitty
Who has been with me for years
I do not want to be without her
As she ages
It brings about that fear

I took her to the doctor
This bleak and dreary night
I hoped my love for her
Could give her the strength
So that everything
Would be all right

We would like a little more time
My sweet little kitty and me
She is more important
Than I can say
She is part of my family

I treasure the time
I have with her
I know that she loves me
In my arms she always purrs
So happy to be with me

Connie S. Soto
March 28, 2010


Audio Poem Click to Listen - Learning is What we Do
Or read the Poem:

Learning is What we Do


It is important to us
As individuals that
We feel valued

When we do not feel valued
We feel anxious
Vulnerable and discouraged

Learning is what we do
Because we are human
We know that it is true

A little effort everyday
Is sure to help us
To find our way

It is a natural desire
To seek comfort
From one another

A little love can provide
A little commitment
To each other

Our emotions and our intellect
Guides the choices
That we make

Focus with objective thoughts
Provides attention to detail

Choices from this process
Helps us all
So that we can prevail

Connie S. Soto
May 10, 2010

Enjoy Your Loved Ones Everyday!

Audio Poem Click to Listen - Keeping Them in Your Heart
Or read the Poem:

Keeping Them in Your Heart

As humans it is inevitable
That we will experience loss
Even though what we feel is individual
It always takes time to react to the loss

It is a fact
Humans constantly experience change
After a loss
Nothing will be the same

A broken heart
Is filled with pain
Learning to live with the void
Is quite a strain

What we took for granted
Is no longer there
We adjust, we adapt
A new way to live
Is here

Even though death is
A natural part of life
We are naturally resilient
Even though it causes strife

Feelings of intense yearning
Where you know life will forever change
To be without them
The emptiness feels strange

To come to terms
Is what you have to do
Keeping them in your heart
Is important too

Connie S. Soto
August 30, 2014


Click to see how Nova was rescued as a kitten
In the Gallery of Babies


Kitty Rescue Poem - Abandoned in a Field


Click on the Zebra Finch or Keyka
To find the Gallery of Babies


Zebra Finch and Other Babies - Gallery of Babies


Keyka Zebra Finch DOB Sept. 10, 2012 - Gallery of Babies


Finch Babies in a Nest of Dove Feathers



A Poem About Hawks

Audio Poem Click to Listen - A Sparrow Hawk
Or read the Poem:

A Sparrow Hawk


An American Kestrel
Is what they mostly call
This hawk today

A Sparrow Hawk
For this smallest
Falcon of prey

The Kestrel usually hunts
In an open field
It can hover
Using rapid wing beats
Scanning the ground
For a meal

Courtship dives
Are a common display
Bringing her food
Is another way

This brilliant colorful
Bird of prey
Chooses a mate
For a lifetime stay

Connie S. Soto
September 26, 2010



Audio Poem Click to Listen - Damp and Dreary
Or read the Poem:

Damp and Dreary

The wild birds are late today
The stormy night
Has kept them away

They must be
Snuggled up keeping warm
Soon they will
Have to brave the storm

The rain fell hard
The wind was howling
The damp and dreary
Cold was chilling

It has rained for several days
There will be no sun
Again today

Connie S. Soto
March 20, 2011


Audio Poem Click to Listen - We are Energized by Motivation
Or read the Poem:

We are Energized by Motivation

Purpose is part of being human
It is more important
Than you might imagine

Curiosity is a natural tendency
That gives you determination
To have purpose
Is to have motivation

Our instincts are not conscious
We naturally thrive on challenges
We are energized by motivation
This works to our advanatage

Autonomy matters
For purpose and survival
Goals and intent
Are used for approval

The need to know the goal
To be accomplished
Helps to understand the purpose
That is established

To understand behavior
Which comes from human needs
Is to understand the purpose
Which can put you at ease

Environmental factors
Sometimes prevents success
Very often they cause
Humans a lot of stress

Rewards may be tempting
They tend to stifle humans in the end
They do not help you to learn
Encouragement with interest
Is a better trend

Focused energy with interest
Creates the ability to act
With your own free will
Success is where it is at

Connie S. Soto
April 25, 2011


VinneyV Sings Happily


Audio Poem Click to Listen - Common Sense
Or read the Poem:

Common Sense

Whether behavior is because
Of what we want or what we know
Or whether it is because
Of what we think others want or know

Common sense is the result
Of basic ability to understand
It is what you believe to be true
Of what nearly all other people understand

This shared perception
Fits with social expectations
The majority of people believe in common sense
It was not attained by any special education

Common sense from yesterday
May not be pertinent
Today
It may be bias passed along from each generation
Or from hindsight from yesterday

Experience and sound judgment
Makes a person reliable
Being practical with common sense
People view them as credible

When you hear someone say
Don't you have any common sense today
Think of it this way

It is either what we want or what we know
Maybe it will be discounted
Or left for tomorrow

Connie S. Soto
April 07, 2019



Creativity is Key


Audio Poem Click to Listen - Giving Your All
Or read the Poem:

Giving Your All

To settle for less
Will never do
Creativity is the way
To make dreams come true

Laughter can help
So we can rest
Giving your all
Helps to make life the best

Connie S. Soto
January 16, 2018


Trees and Plants Are Vital


Audio Poem Click to Listen - A Feeling of Peace
Or read the Poem:

A Feeling of Peace

Leaving troubled days behind
Is a must
Life is always changing
Nature is closely connected
To us

Have you heard
That the earth is called
A green planet
Do humans take trees and plants
For granted

Trees and plants
Provide food, clean air and water
Without them life would not exist
Caring for them really
Does matter

Sitting in silence
Under a tree
Might be the solace
That we need

A slight breeze
Fills the air
A feeling of peace
Can be found there

One day at a time
Live like there is
No tomorrow
Seek a little tranquility
Without any sorrow

Connie S. Soto
May 09, 2018


Family Time Together is Important


Audio Poem Click to Listen - Family Is Forever
Or read the Poem:

Family Is Forever

A sense of belonging can happen
Even when life is complicated
Quality time together
Makes us feel connected

Without distractions
Family time together can develop trust
A strong family bond
With a support system is a must

Working together
Helps manage your time with one another
A positive attitude
Teaches values and encourages each other

Differences are important
Individuality makes us unique in every way
There is no pressure to be the same
It is vital to listen to what they say

Memories are created
Each time you get together
The concept of families always change
Hopefully for the better

Family time together
Bonds you in a special way
Family is forever
Today and everyday

Connie S. Soto
December 16, 2018


Take Time For Your Furry Friends
And/Or Your Feathered Friends


Audio Poem Click to Listen - To Care For Our Furry Friends
Or read the Poem:

To Care For Our Furry Friends

Some people think
Their pet is an integral
Part of the family
Our ancestors were
Hunters and gatherers
Pets were not part
Of their biology

It is not obvious why we bond
With our furry friends
In society it is still not universal
From end to end

We are a social species
Who seek affection
Why not share a little love
With our furry companions

Do our pets manipulate us
For food and affection
Do we love them and
Give them hugs and attention

They are completely
Dependent upon us
They are loyal and
Can combat loneliness

If you ask the question
Why someone has a pet
You can be sure
A bunch of different answers
Is what you will get

People feel a strong attachment
To their pets
Upbringing or genetics
Can be why
We keep our pets

Sometimes it can
Fill a void
To care for our furry friends
Perhaps it is simply
Because we derive comfort
From them

Once a bond is established
With our pet
Unconditional love
Is what we will get

Connie S. Soto
June 12, 2019


In Memory of Silvy
April 3, 2003 - August 15, 2015



Remember The Important People in Your Life


Audio Poem Click to Listen - A Certain Amount of Corruption
Or read the Poem:

A Certain Amount of Corruption

Despite how some people use
Unethical means to achieve success
A person with a strong sense of morality
Can resist unethical requests

The dynamics of social interaction
Influence social status
The means for acceptance
Is not automatic

Power is used to influence
The behavior of others within a society
Certain behavior is essential
For the survival of the society

People with authority
Use knowledge as a source of power
Power is never static
Someone with power
Will feel a need for more power

The reason for risk acceptance
Can be power or personal gain
Guilt on the other hand
Can be a reason to refrain

Power is used to influence
The behavior of others
It is all about having the authority
To control and intimidate one another

Rewards and no punitive action
Can change people's motivation
Acceptance within a society
Can influence acts of corruption

Personal recognition is psychological
It is sought after even within a corrupt society
The culture within this type of society
Can influence judgment and morality

If unethical behavior becomes normal
Rules and procedures are disregarded
Corruption although risky
Can become rationalized

The corrupt have a tendency
To place themselves above others in the society
Together they ignore the needs
Of the greater community

Unhappy people are susceptible
To corruption as a way of belonging
They feel it is a means for happiness
Using power without the need for improving

Happy people resist change
Because change may reduce their happiness
It is a typical misconception
That power brings people happiness

Unethical compliance is unlikely
When individuals have a strong sense of morality
When a decrease of corruption occurs in a society
An increase in wealth can become a reality

Corruption is explained as strategic, self interest
But lacks information processing and decision making
Basic integrity standards
Can improve decision making

If motivation is lost
Members will stop cooperating
They will no longer be accountable
As their loyalty will be changing

Anyone that presents new ideas
Can threaten insecure leaders
Corruption within a society
Can be a sign of moral decay and failure

Respect and good leadership
Can help stop corruption
Less dependence and self worth
Can help resist any unethical temptation

To be loyal within a society
Provides recognition that feels personal
The need for acceptance
Is normal

It is known that a certain amount of corruption
Is tolerated in human society
Laws are made to keep peace
Within the society

Does this mean
A certain amount of corruption
Is needed to have a successful society
Can we live up to our potential
With a balance of self control and equality

Connie S. Soto
May 26, 2019


A Doodle Drawing!


Audio Poem Click to Listen - I Wonder Why
Or read the Poem:

I Wonder Why

I wonder why
The sky is blue
Often it looks grey
In the morning dew

I wonder why
The grass is green
I wonder why
A sunset feels serene

I wonder why
The stars do twinkle
Wishing upon a star
Is quite simple

I wonder why
Lightning strikes
It plays havoc
Down the turnpike

I wonder why
Birds can fly
You can find them on a fence
Or in a tree up high

I wonder why
The sun does shine
Life is better
Than just fine

Connie S. Soto
September 02, 2019


Change is Inevitable in Life!


Audio Poem Click to Listen - Evolve Along Side of Technology
Or read the Poem:

Evolve Along Side of Technology

The last major change in society
Was the industrial revolution
Trade, the development of machine tools, steel making,
New Manufacturing and the textile industry
Using new methods for production

This only names a few
Because somehow everyone's daily life
Was being impacted in some way
For the first time in the Western world
A person's standard of living
Grew better everyday

An increase in automation and Artificial intelligence
Or AI
Will be the next major change
Human labor will be replaced
Cost is an incentive for businesses to change

Many things will become obsolete
As changes become common place
Robots, drones and automated vehicles
Will do the work for some of the things they replace

Humans are only limited
In the potential of what can be
By creativity and our imagination in what we choose
As we change and evolve along side of technology

Will we remember to take time
To put our electronic gadgets away
To enjoy Mother Nature
In all her glory each day

Connie S. Soto
September 15, 2019


Enjoy Mother Nature Every Chance You Get!


Audio Poem Click to Listen - Make Time For Reality
Or read the Poem:

Make Time For Reality

When you see people gather
At social events
Over their phones
You find their heads are bent

It didn't take long
To transform how we communicate
Is the content we encounter enough
To intellectually stimulate

Are having casual acquaintances
In the virtual world
Really better
Is it suppose to be a way
To bring us together

Do we hide our true self
Or do we really engage with each other
In social media isn't the definition
To share and create with one another

We create an aspiration of our self
As a need for recognition
Learning how it impacts us
Is still psychologically
A matter of discussion

Does electronic gadgets
Isolate us
Real meaningful relationships
Along with self-awareness
Is a plus

To be on line
Affects our behavior
Interests in common
Makes return visits much greater

Does on line activities
Make our relationships suffer
Do we tune out and sacrifice
Real conversations with one another

The quality of connections on line
No way substitute for real interaction
It is important to balance technology
No matter what the situation

Protect your privacy
Embrace technology
Do not miss out
Make sure you make time for reality

Connie S. Soto
September 26, 2019


Listen To The Songbirds Sing


Audio Poem Click to Listen - The Robin Is a Popular Bird
Or read the Poem:

The Robin Is a Popular Bird

The Robin is part
Of the thrush family
They are beautiful songbirds
Quite naturally

In length
The Robin is about ten inches
If you measure the wing span
It is about fourteen inches

Robins sing
Most all year round
They begin their song
In the early dawn

The female Robin
Builds her nest
Both parents raise the young
By doing their best

Once the young have fledged
Typically half survive
If they migrate south
October is when they arrive

They eat insects and worms
Throughout the summer
They switch to fruits
For the winter

Juvenile Robins
Are brown at first
Once they molt
The red feathers burst

The Robin is active
Most of the day
They create a flock
As they sleep the night away

The Robin
Is a popular bird
World wide
It's beautiful song is heard

Connie S. Soto
October 27, 2019


Northern Harrier in flight


Coopers Hawk Looking for Prey


Baby Morning Dove


Peace is Here


Snow in the Foothills


A Cloud Bank


A Cloud


Trees Provide Life


Much Needed Rain Arrives


Rain Gives Life


Spring Starts With Growth


Alstroemeria Flower


A Lily


An Unusual Spring Flower


A Fall Flower


Baby Sparrows Get Fed


A Special Place for Birds


Some Birds Call this Home


Alfie and His Baby 2016


Hand Feeding a Tiny Hummer 2015


A Turkey Made From a Stone


My Favorite Fairy

A little poetry by Connie

Enjoy Family & Friends
Audio Poem Click to Listen - Live For Today
Or read the Poem:

Live For Today

Whether you are religious
Or not
Thanksgiving and Christmas
Should not be bought

It should be filled
With family and friends
Spending time together
Discussing odds and ends

We grow up with things
That feels just right
We want them to continue
As if it's a birthright

To focus on things
We do not have
Ends up being
All too sad

We take things for granted
Lots of the time
Good things happen to us
Throughout our lifetime

Freedom is important
No matter what we do
Remember to appreciate
You're potential too

Live for today
Not in the past
Hope for the future
Can be unsurpassed

Connie S. Soto
November 19, 2021


Telephone Booths Have Disappeared
Audio Poem Click to Listen - In Days Of Old
Or read the Poem:

In Days Of Old

What was it like
In days of old
No Internet
No cell phones

Black and white photos
Black and white TV's
No social media
Or any DVD's

Virtual friends
Did not exist
Physical interaction
Is surely missed

The world was
A different place
You were aware of your surroundings
Instead of off in cyberspace

Technology is an integral part
Of modern mankind
Thinking, creativity along with privacy
Seems to be left behind

Think of the comparison
Between technology and
The pony express
Instant messages or
Delivery of snail mail no less

A quick evolution of technology
Since it began
Changes for everyone
Throughout the land

Email started out
To be all the rage
Social media mostly replaced it
In this technological age

On the Internet people maintain friendships
Day to day
They exaggerate who they are
In a positive way

Life is not
What it appears
No body language to see
Beyond smoke and mirrors

Lack of physical interaction
May make us lonelier
Can we learn from the past
When life was simpler

Technology can improve
The quality of life
Unless it inundates you
And causes you strife

Maybe books
Will stick around
Paper cards and Dewey Decimal systems
Will not be found

Encyclopedias have all
But disappeared
Wikipedia is available
If a smart phone
Is near

Printed copies
Will soon disappear
iCloud systems
Are always near

Google maps
Keep us from getting lost
No need for paper maps
Whatever street we cross

Money typically was transferred using
Cash or checks
Electronic exchanges lack a tangible form
This new system is complex

The money does not sit
In a physical place
No need to visit an ATM
Or see a bank teller face to face

Electronic tools are useful
Quite convenient too
Do not let it make you lazy
Over reliance will never do

Stay aware of the physical world around you
Virtual reality is everywhere
Do not decrease your abilities and creativity
Interact in the real world with care.

Connie S. Soto
November 02, 2021


Freedom For America
Audio Poem Click to Listen - Belief in Freedom and Civil Liberties
Or read the Poem:

Belief in Freedom and Civil Liberties

The United States of America
Became a country in its own right
When the Declaration of Independence was adopted
The United States of America
Created the Constitution
Setting the laws of the land making us united

Is America beginning to suffer
The erosion of our freedoms
Did our founding fathers believe
Safeguards in the constitution
Would protect our freedoms

During the struggle for independence
The framers needed a workable plan
To ensure all Americans rights and freedoms
Together the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Would guarantee to protect
Americans rights for freedom

The original thirteen colonies
Declared independence from British rule overall
Created by legislative power
The official rules would
Pertain to them all

The struggle for independence and
The belief in freedom and civil liberties
Were unanimous
All men are created equal
Which include certain rights of
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

To the American people
Along with high moral standards
Freedom meant equality
The future course of America
Would pursue the common good and
Create social stability

Liberty means
Doing what is right
Restrained from
Doing what is wrong or illegal
As a nation
Government needs approval and
Consent by
The American people

Connie S. Soto
September 19, 2021


Baby Finch Is Growing Up
Audio Poem Click to Listen - If There Is Trust And Respect
Or read the Poem:

If There Is Trust And Respect

To have a healthy relationship
Trust is fundamental
Doubts dissipate when trust exists
It cannot be incidental

Letting go of any doubts
With time is reasonable
Trust does take time
With a willingness to be vulnerable

Saying something
You will not do
Will come back to bite you
Especially if you
Do not follow through

It always helps
To say what you mean
And to mean
What you say

One sided efforts do not work
Both have to be motivated
If there is trust and respect
It helps you feel valued

Honesty, good communication and
Understanding is a must
Basic respect is important
Without it we cannot have trust

Humans rely on the instinct
Of self-protection
Removing the barriers
Is a potential risk of hurt or rejection

A relationship can be destroyed
From a loss of trust
An apology with changed behavior
Could help us to adjust

To be happy
Trust, respect and honesty
Keeps us together
To feel valued and appreciated
Makes you want
To stay together, forever

Connie S. Soto
August 29, 2021


Baby Finch Survives

Audio Poem Click to Listen - Wordless Signals Do Not Exist
Or read the Poem:

Wordless Signals Do Not Exist

Social media has an effect on the brain
That can cause some to become addictive
Virtual is not real and it is good to set limits
So we can become more effective

Social media tendencies
Are filled with multitasking
It is well known that humans
Have never been proficient at multitasking

Social media does provide
A feeling of being connected
The interaction is more casual
Not demanding without being involved

The experience of social media does not require
The complexities of real emotions or feelings of self worth
Real conversations provide non verbal signals
Promoting insight for better mental health

Social media creates a form of interactions
That is not real
They feed you information
For what they think you might want or feel

Without the need for a cognitive effort
Wordless signals do not exist
Sub-sequentially the true understanding
Of the real situation is missed

Connie S. Soto
August 16, 2021


Baby Canary Begs

Audio Poem Click to Listen - Projecting Our Self Image
Or read the Poem:

Projecting Our Self Image

What we wear sends
Powerful signals to our peers
Projecting our self image
Of what we display
Becomes clear

Within a few seconds of meeting someone
An opinion is formed
Even with time
Your initial feelings are usually confirmed

How we are perceived
And judged by each other
Is psychological
Male or female
Is not significant
It is socially acceptable

How we dress can be
Either a conscious or
An unconscious decision
Body language provides
Part of the perceived vision

Clothing can impact your behavior
Or mental attitude
It can make you more confident
Creating the mind set
For a better mood

Power dressing
Can create confidence
Being confident
Can make for
A better experience

An identity crisis or
Crucial life changes
Can take us out of our comfort zone
Feeling a bit lost can create
Different style choices
Into the unknown

If your overall look
Matches your personality
It is worth it to match who you are
Which gives you more vitality

If pretense expressions and stance
Say one thing or another
Your body language
Will give you away to others

How you dress not only affects
The way others see you
It also affects
The way you see yourself

The best part of it all
Is
When you look your best
You will feel your best

Connie S. Soto
July 24, 2021


Have Faith In Yourself

Audio Poem Click to Listen - Self-Confidence Is Essential
Or read the Poem:

Self-Confidence Is Essential

If you believe
You are a good person
Usually you will
Be treated right

Trust in your abilities
Comes from what you have achieved
To acknowledge your capabilities
Is a skill we all need

To spend time worrying about other people's opinions
Usually creates dissatisfaction
It is better to focus on your potential abilities
This provides more realistic expectations

A few of the causes for low self-esteem,
Comes from a lack of achievements, stressful events,
Or critical feedback
Positive self-esteem, with a healthy opinion of yourself,
Comes from a belief in your abilities, good experiences,
And positive feedback

Self-confidence can bring the joy
Of what life has to offer
To find happiness
Learning to accept compliments and criticism
Can help you prosper

Previous experiences
Do not have to define your destiny
Acceptance of yourself flaws and all
Can be healthy

Self-esteem means
Look to the future with thoughts and feelings
That is vital
Self-confidence is essential
For human survival

Fear seems to occur
When things are unknown
It requires conviction and
Greater strength with control

To meet life's challenges
We need to trust our instincts and abilities
The confidence to act helps us take risks
For better possibilities

A positive attitude is needed
To reach your objectives
If you value yourself and your abilities
You will be effective

Connie S. Soto
June 16, 2021


Appreciate Life

Audio Poem Click to Listen - Self Reliance Is The Key
Or read the Poem:

Self Reliance Is The Key

Happiness doesn't come
Because everything is good
It comes because
You can envision the good

Keeping yourself motivated and positive
Is helpful
Reminding yourself that you are worthwhile
Is essential

It does not matter whether
You love someone
Or someone loves you
Letting life get us down
Will never do

If we choose
How we feel inside
We won't let the world
Dictate otherwise

A little self esteem and self confidence
Can work to our advantage
Positive encouragement with a little care
Can help us to manage

Don't spend your time
In endless or meaningless endeavors
To focus on what really matters
Is much better

Challenges can throw us off balance
Ignore the chaos no matter
Life constantly changes
The impact may show up later

Self reliance is the key
To self preservation
To find happiness
You need to value
Honesty and innovation

To accomplish your goals
Whatever you do
Do things
That
You want to do

Be free
No matter who you are
Be true
To yourself
It is who you are

No matter what happens
Or what others say
Be you
No matter what
Everyday

Connie S. Soto
May 30, 2021


United States of America

Audio Poem Click to Listen - In An Unstable World
Or read the Poem:

In An Unstable World

What the world has experienced
Throughout the past century
Loss of life in this long list
Is the sad part of this memory

World War I and a
Global pandemic called the Spanish flu
The collapse of the NY stock exchange
Caused inflation, unemployment and
Famine too

The Nazis came into power
Slightly before World War II
Six million lives were lost
Due to the persecution of this holocaust

The North Korean communist army
Invaded South Korea during this war
Three years later they signed a cease fire
The border stayed between them
Just as before

The United States entered the Viet Nam war
To prevent the spread of communism
This unpopular war
Was filled with lots of criticism

The conflict between
Communist North Viet Nam and South Viet Nam
Lasted too many years
The United States mandated the draft
Instead of using volunteers

The China virus
A global pandemic
Deeply affects us
We have to learn
Develop new strategies
And
Collectively trust

Cooperation and human connections
Contribute to the greater good
This human trait evolved over time
Just as it should

It was beneficial because
This evolutionary strategy
Created motivation
Our ability to survive emerged
Because of cooperation

Despite uncertainties
The old way
Is no longer comfortable
Creating a "New Normal"
Is preferable

As we function in an unstable world
We need to do what is right
A positive attitude
Trust and respect
Will make things right

Connie S. Soto
May 23, 2021


Anna Hummingbird With A Broken Wing

Audio Poem Click to Listen - A Little Hummer
Or read the Poem:

A Little Hummer

He touched my life
And now he is gone
A little Hummer
I found on the ground

His wing was broken
But there was more
Something was wrong
To his very core

I fed him nectar
And a mixture of bugs
I tried to save him
I gave him some love

For two days
He seemed to improve
He responded to me
With a great attitude

On day three I knew
It wouldn't be long
His fight for life
Would soon be gone

I will always treasure
His last days
He touched my heart
In the very best way

Connie S. Soto
March 14, 2021


Tiki, August 2, 2006 - January 02, 2021

Audio Poem Click to Listen - Tiki Was Full Of Love
Or read the Poem:

Tiki Was Full Of Love

Tiki my sweet little canary
Lived his life
With me
Tiki was nine days old
When I hand raised him
You see

Frequent feedings meant
I'd take him to work
With me
His daily presence
Became common place
You see

Taking care of him
Was important
To me
He easily adapted
To humans
You see

To spoil Tiki
Was easy
To me
He gave me joy
Everyday
You see

Tiki never stopped
Being special
To me
Tiki was full of love
You see

Connie S. Soto
January 02, 2021


The New Year, 2021

Audio Poem Click to Listen - The China Virus
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The China Virus

With all the ups and downs
This year
The China virus
Caused lots of fear

Wearing masks and
Distancing
No contact and
Hand washing

Staying away
From family and friends
Makes life boring
To no end

The influenza pandemic
Of 1918
Was the most severe

The pandemic of today
Started at the end
Of 2019
Symptoms vary when
It appears

A global disruption caused
Both economic and social distress
Shortages resulted in panic buying
No less

It was necessary to prepare
The hospitals to care
For the ill
To prevent spread
Patients needed
Isolation until

Why did some states risk
Economic impact
Lock downs were suppose to be
A short term act

Whether places are
Locked down or not
Either way
Fatalities can occur a lot

Getting back to normal
Is the goal
A vaccine
Will give us back control

One day at a time
Is all we can do
Supporting each other
Will help us too

Connie S. Soto
December 20, 2020


Enjoy Life Everyday!

Audio Poem Click to Listen - Live Your Life Without Regret
Or read the Poem:

Live Your Life Without Regret


Sometimes other folks
Wish they had what you have
Sometimes we focus on what we want
Instead of what we have

Even if you feel content
You may desire more
All the little things in life
Really matter more

Sometimes as it happens
You do not get a second chance
Even in the darkest hour
You can change any circumstance

To appreciate not only
What we have done
We need to appreciate
Who we have become

Everything happens for a reason
No less
Every experience is another step
Toward success

If life throws us a curve
We need to stay strong
A positive attitude
Will help us get along

Unspoken words or thoughts
Often go unheard
To reason within
Is sometimes preferred

Every challenge we encounter
Can make us wiser
Letting go of the past
Can make us stronger

We need to conquer one day at a time
Yet over time
We all change
The need to stop and appreciate life
Still remains the same

Live your life
Without regret
Never give up
Not now
Not yet

Connie S. Soto
November 13, 2020


Enjoy Your Feathered Friends!

Audio Poem Click to Listen - A Balance Of Nature
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A Balance Of Nature

My feathered friends
Often visit me
A balance of nature
Is what they will see

A friendly yard
Is what they will find
A place to bathe
A place to unwind

At the bird feeder
You can hear chirps and chatter
Breakfast right then
Seems to be all that matters

To hear a song
From up in the tree
A sweet little songbird
Sings to me

If a predator stops by
Along the way
A sudden flush, then eerie quiet
Interrupts the day

Peace returns
When the predator leaves
Awareness is the norm
I believe

Hummingbirds come
For insects and flowers
A little nectar provides energy
Giving flight, power

When Scrub Jays arrive
They dominate the rest
All birds are welcome
Variety is best

Mother Nature is the balance
In which we strive
Accomplishing a balance
Makes us all survive

Connie S. Soto
October 27, 2020


Enjoy the Holiday Season!

Audio Poem Click to Listen - Creating New Memories
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Creating New Memories

Especially if you have been
Out of touch
Christmas wishes
Can mean so much

Whether relatives
Are near or far
Making contact is great
If you know where they are

Traditions and festivities can make
This time of year great
Take a deep breath; relax a little
It is time to relate

Dreams help us look to the future
Instead of the past
Memories are to be treasured
Within our hearts they will last

Each person who touches your life
Have changed you in some way
Each milestone you master
Helps you grow from day to day

Special people are never forgotten
Some may only be in your heart
Keeping them inside
Means you will never be apart

Creating new memories
Is quite appealing
Taking time for loved ones
Give the holidays more meaning

Whether you are decorating
Or just having fun
Life is too short not to enjoy
Your loved ones

Connie S. Soto
October 01, 2020


Take Time & Enjoy Family!

Audio Poem Click to Listen - The Need To Connect
Or read the Poem:

The Need To Connect

Part of the human psyche
Is the need to connect
Human basic needs
Have to be met

This fundamental need
Begins at birth
It will always be there
While you are on this earth

How we develop and connect
Is part of the human evolution
We manage these using social skills
With a little trust and motivation

Even as young children
We learn cooperation is a plus
Working together
Is a benefit to us

If you lack attachment
In the early years
Problems with trust
Can appear

The human brains ability
Can change and make things right
Lack of connection
Does not have to be our plight

Not only is
Physical survival important to us
Psychological survival
Is a plus

Any psychological pain
Can affect us physically
It is essential
That we protect both equally

Our basic needs and well-being
Can be met
If we work together
Survival is more successful
If we cooperate
With one another

Connie S. Soto
October 01, 2020


Never Give Up!

Audio Poem Click to Listen - Try, Try Again
Or read the Poem:

Try, Try Again

What a surprise to learn
Your attitude
When it came to Dad
Unfortunately his life
Was quite sad

He was clever
In so many ways
Unfortunately
He gave up one day

The man who once was
You never knew
He was quite smart
Through and through

Loss of hope
Destroyed his own expectations
Along with it
Came a lack of motivation

His ideas and visions
Never came true
His wife held him back
But you never knew

Dysfunctional is what
It is called
Pick yourself up
Do not get stalled

I will never forget
That dastardly day
Finding our Mother
In the garage
With a man friend
That way

My Dad believed in me
He taught me what was right
Too bad we all had to live
Through their plight

The lesson I learned
Way back when
Don't let anyone stop you
Try, try again

Connie S. Soto
September 20, 2020


Stay Safe!

Audio Poem Click to Listen - Scary Days
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Scary Days

Whether it was World War II
Or the Spanish flu
Going to war
Made you feel blue

The sacrifice from war
Took its toll
Quarantined houses were common
With viruses like mumps, measles
And polio

It became normal to ration
Food and everyday things
To recycle was the movement
It would bring

Sacrifices back then
Seemed to help everyone work together
There were no social distancing, masks
Or hand sanitizers

Having an outbreak like the coronavirus
Affects everyone and everything
Scary days
Is what it brings

Just like the scary days
Of long ago
What we learn can make us stronger
And help us to grow

Connie S. Soto
April 26, 2020


America Is Great!


Audio Poem Click to Listen - When We Declared To Be Free
Or read the Poem:

When We Declared To Be Free

The declaration of independence
On July 4th 1776
Is when we declared
To be free

What does it mean
To you
To be free

Because of our ancestors
We have choices

Good or bad
With freedom comes the responsibility
From those choices

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
Gives us a sense of freedom

Looking back in history
We know our ancestors
Fought for our freedom

America may not do everything right
No matter what
We are united

Even the name of our country
United States
Means we come together as a
Country united

American's from the original 13 colonies
Broke away from Britain
To gain independence

As an American
Our ancestors earned
The right for our independence

No matter race, color or creed
Equality means to be free
From sea to shining sea

Connie S. Soto
April 19, 2020


Self Acceptance is Important


Audio Poem Click to Listen - The Things That We Regret
Or read the Poem:

The Things That We Regret

Do you make time
For the people
That means the most
Spending time together
Is what keeps you close

If you live the way others think
You should live your life
Instead of being true to yourself
It will give you strife

Regret can consume you
Because of what happened
In order to improve
A different approach is needed

Our behavior is the consequences
Of our choices
Regret is a signal
To reassess our values

Regret while sometimes is
A negative emotion
It can change the consequences
Into a positive transition

A lost opportunity may be
Something we never forget
Sometimes we cannot correct
The things that we regret

Let it go
Forgive yourself and others
Don't hang onto guilt or disappointment
It will make you feel better

How we acted provides insight
With perhaps a different source
Is there deeper pain
Where regret is hiding remorse

The pain of both
Can stagnant us
Forgive and learn
To pick up the pieces
Is a must

You are unique
To say the least
Accept you
For you
It is what you can do

Connie S. Soto
January 22, 2020


Treasure Your Time Together


Audio Poem Click to Listen - Mothers and Daughters
Or read the Poem:

Mothers and Daughters

A mother's hope
When a daughter leaves home
Is to gain a friend
To listen and have respect
Even if it is through
The long distance messages they send

Humans have always been unique
In their own right
To have a meaningful relationship
With your daughter
Means you may have to see her
In a new light

Mothers and daughters
Sometimes do not meet
Each others expectations
Your differences should be
Part of your personality
And not considered a limitation

Sometimes we are bound
By similarities in our thinking
As we each grow and change
Differences can make life interesting

Change makes us realize
We need to keep an open mind
Never assume you know how they feel
Listen and be kind

Connie S. Soto
January 14, 2020


Crossing Guards Are Important
Watch For School Children


Audio Poem Click to Listen - To Be Guarded
Or read the Poem:

To Be Guarded

Life is not always easy
Sometimes it is disruptive
It can cause inner distress
This is not productive

To be human means
We have issues or we have secrets
Emotional avoidance
Can help calm instead of fret

Unfortunately everyone's intentions
Are not pure
Sometimes we are guarded
Until trust is sure

Interaction with one another
Can either waste your time
Or be more than gossip
Which can become refined

To open up to someone
Makes us vulnerable
The advantage of trust and feeling safe
Makes us comfortable

Strong ties with another
Can fulfill us
When your heart is ready
Letting them in
Is a must

To be guarded
Is not wrong
To trust and feel worthy
Makes relationships strong

Connie S. Soto
January 04, 2020


There Is No One Like You!


Audio Poem Click to Listen - Live Up To Your Own Values
Or read the Poem:

Live Up To Your Own Values

Why not be different than someone else
There is no one like you
To be unique can liberate us
From the fear of acceptance and
Being judged too

As children growing up
We often want to please
When we reach adulthood
Independence is what we'll be

Do you continue to make choices
Upon what other people want you to do
Do you neglect to listen
To your core values too

It is not selfish to be true to yourself
Your principles and values
Means you should be true to you
No matter what
Always believe in yourself
Success will come to you

Our sense of self can influence
The security you feel within
Other people's opinions should not impact
Your self-worth for anything

Personal fulfillment can come
If you accept yourself
Flaws and all
Self-awareness and open to improvement
Keeps you on the ball

Let others accept you
For you
Do not base your self-worth
Upon what they say or do

When you gain self-esteem
External validation disappears
Self-acceptance means we are true
To ourselves as we overcome our fears

Listening to your feelings
Is usually right and helps you see
Do not act against your true values
Lying only covers up insecurities

Live up to your own values
Live up to who you are
If you do
You will be happier
By far

Connie S. Soto
December 23, 2019


Believe In Yourself!


Audio Poem Click to Listen - Our Capabilities
Or read the Poem:

Our Capabilities

To settle for what we have now
Is our current reality
Humans typically strive
For more quite naturally

Whether we were raised
Rich or poor
Motivation can help us
Strive for more

A lack of self-confidence
Can hinder you
Ambition can help
To inspire you

Deep down we know
Our capabilities
Realistic aspirations
Guide the possibilities

If the meaning and purpose of life
Come from our values
Inner strength and passion
Can come too

Perseverance and hard work
Is the key to success
Mistakes and failures help get you there
No less

Connie S. Soto
December 03, 2019


Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas!


Audio Poem Click to Listen - Holidays are for Everyone
Or read the Poem:

Holidays are for Everyone

As we move through each day
Life is full of stress and uncertainty
When the holidays come
Consistency avoids any negativity

What does the holidays
Mean to you
The meaning is not the same
For what different people do

Optimisms, traditions and rituals
Come to mind
Past memories are cherished
As we connect to others in kind

No matter your beliefs
Holidays are for everyone
Your feelings come from within
Festivities are usually fun

We are reminded of what we have
Mostly that we belong
Psychologically we benefit
This helps to make us strong

Enjoy your holiday
Spending time with family and friends
Make it special
After all New Years is another beginning
Not the end

Connie S. Soto
November 23, 2019


Life is Great!


Audio Poem Click to Listen - A Proper Balance of Priorities
Or read the Poem:

A Proper Balance of Priorities

Who we are is part of
What we choose to do
Do you spend time doing things
That really matter to you

There is never enough time
For everything we want to do
Having purpose and setting priorities
Are important too

How busy we are
Is dependent upon what we choose
Not spending time on what is important
Can make us feel overwhelmed or confused

Creating some time
Just for you
Is important
For emotional health too

Work is important but it should not
Be your only priority
Making time for things important to us
Should be a priority

To be too busy is not a sign
That life has more meaning
You can make a difference
By setting your goals and priorities
Instead of multitasking

The old saying
Stop and smell the roses
Help us to renew
A real commitment to what you value
Is better for you too

Satisfaction and happiness
Is at stake
Achievement through
A proper balance of priorities
Is what it takes

Take a deep breath
Stop and say
It is great
To be alive today

Connie S. Soto
November 09, 2019










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Basic Zebra Finch FAQ's
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Poems for All Occasions:

Gallery of Greetings & Holiday Poems

Gallery of Poetry & Photos:

Gallery One of Poetry & Photos
Gallery Two of Poetry & Photos
Finches - Poetry & Photos

Neat Places to Visit:
Gemma in the UK - Help for finches
BirdBreath a light hearted satire
Let Fred Help You Find It
Computer Archaeology
All things nice From Ireland
Incubators

Poetry, Photos & Facts:

Gallery of Babies - Poetry, Photos & Facts

Parakeet:

The Parakeet's Visit

Bird Photos:

American Avocet
The Ring-Billed Gull & The American Crow

Relationship Poems:

Tender Acts of Kindness
Our Journey Together
Complete Trust
Sending Out Some Clues
What Is A Sister
My Sister, My Friend

Wedding Poems & Photos:

Forever Treasured, Jennifer & Darren
Carla, A Lovely Bride
Forever Anniversary
Loss, Special Memories, Judy & Bill
The Father And The Bride - For Jim
On A Farm - Jeanne & Gary
As You Begin - Barney & Kathy

Wedding Photos:
Jennifer & Greg
Daryl & Mary

Photo Restorations:

Gallery One
Gallery Two
Gallery Three
Gallery Four
Gallery Five
Gallery Six
Gallery Seven
Gallery Eight
Gallery Nine

Devin's Corner:

Devin - Push Scooters
Devin - Scooter Fun
Grandpa & Devin make a Scooter Ramp
A Little Time with Grandpa
Spending Time with Grandpa
Devin & Snow - A Little Silkie
Fly the Pirate's Kite
Devin Plays Soccer
Devin Skateboarding
Devin Draws
Nathan Strube - RIP

Marilyn's Corner:

Poem For Eric - A Salute To You Grandson
Cousin Poem - Mediocre Would Not Do
Cousin Poem - Remember When
Dominique - Mt Hood Washington
Winter Scarves - A Surprise from You

Judy's Corner:

Anniversary Poem - Love from a daughter
Cousin Loss Poem By Susie - Angie
Thank-you to Grandma Poem - By Kristi

Krystyl's Corner:
A Mix of photos
Citizenship

Family Corner:

A Few Generations
A Family Circle
Fun at the Zoo
Family's Corner
Long Ago to Now
All In a Day
Fishing Fun
The Joyce Family Album

Steve's Corner:

Wedding Poem - Inspired by Renee
Fate - Inspired by Poem, Tiki Survived
Trust - Inspired by Poem, I Love The Birds




Poems About Loss:
Life's Journey Is Not Always Easy
VDee, My Little Canary
Gloster Canary, I Miss Her Now
A Tribute To Maurice, A Special Man

Tiki's Corner:

Tiki Photos - My Little Canary Bird
Tiki Poem - Tiki Is Spoiled
Tiki Poem - William and Tiki

Hand Trained Canaries are fun

Tiki does not want to go back into his
cage. A hand trained canary can give
you a lot of joy. They usually have
terrific personalities. As you can see
Tiki is spoiled.

Tiki Fluffs His Feathers After A Bath

Audio click to Listen - I Guess We Have to Share
Or read the Poem:

I Guess We Have to Share


I am a little canary
My name is Tiki
I have two feathered friends
Who I share my time with my human

We all love to spend time
Out of the cage
Hanging out with our human
Is quite the rage

Tweeter lives in the cage next to me
The human has not yet decided
If Tweeter is a he or a she

In the canary world
The human does not always know
If we are a boy or a girl
Only time will let them know

Then there is Tweeky
He is definitely a he
He sings morning noon and night
His song is nothing less than
An awesome melody

The canaries try to get
The priorities of our human
We have to mention finches
Who also gets her attention

Kiva this girl finch
Gets to come out of her cage
She hangs out with our human
As if Finches were all the rage

I guess we have to share
For our humans attention
Even with Vger
The kitty
Who also gets lots of
Her attention

Connie S. Soto
October 01, 2010

Tiki's Favorite Place After His Bath


Tweeky's Journey:

Tweeky's Photos and Poems
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Gallery of East Bay Birds:


The Gallery of East Bay Birds

Enjoy wildlife - Wild Bird Poem

Audio Poem Click to Listen - The Wild Birds at the Feeder
Or read the Poem:

The Wild Birds at the Feeder


The first chilly morning
Of the season
I expected everyone
To be snuggled up keeping warm

Instead there is activity
All around
The sun was out
Without any signs of a storm

It was almost as if
Chilly equates to energy

The wild birds at the feeder
Were eating breakfast quite happily

The canary's song
Rings loud and clear

All the little birds chattering
Is music to my ears

The Scrub Jay arrives
On the scene

He announces himself loudly
He does not have to scream

The Hummingbirds pay him
No mind

They zoom in and out
It is too early for the sun
To make their feathers iridescent
Or glitter and shine

Even though the nectar feeder
Seats more than three

One at a time eat
As the Hummingbird
Chases the others up in the tree

A little while later
To my surprise

Two Anna Hummingbirds
Ate together
Right before my very eyes

This is not typical
Behavior for them

I feel happy watching
These sweet little gems

Connie S. Soto
November 12, 2010

Coopers Hawk in the Rain


Audio Poem Click to Listen - The Threatening Dark Clouds
Or read the Poem:

The Threatening Dark Clouds

The morning feels a bit eerie
The rain is only a mist
The threatening dark clouds
Promise much more than this

The Coopers Hawk arrives
He shakes the rain off of his feathers
You can count on him coming by
No matter what the weather

The wild birds
Will not come by
They will wait
Until the hawk leaves
For the sky

Connie S. Soto
March 20, 2011

Tiny and Full of Love
Hummingbirds fill our hearts with joy!


Audio Poem Click to Listen - Time is of the Essence Too

Or read the Poem:

Time is of the Essence Too


Jewel lost his leg
To a hawk
He had a will
For life
That would not stop

Here he is
In all of his health
On a branch so high
Carefree like nothing else

How do you suppose
That he will do
It all depends
On who will find him
Time is of the essence too

Connie S. Soto
March 02, 2011

In the Spring Take a Walk
Watch for New Baby Birds

Audio Poem Click to Listen - Little Peeps
Or read the Poem:

Little Peeps

When you see
Baby birds everywhere
You can tell that
Spring is here

Momma gives
The warning sounds
Her babies listen
As they are bound

She feeds the babies
She keeps them warm
She keeps them dry
If it storms

Little peeps
Is what I hear
The peeping stops
When I come near

To raise them right
Is part of her charm
She will keep them safe
From harm

Sometimes the Dad
Helps to feed the young
Watching the babies
Is a lot of fun

Connie S. Soto
May 20, 2011

Can We Imagine 300 Years Ago

Audio Poem Click to Listen - A Nanny or a Kid
Or read the Poem:

A Nanny or a Kid

Did you ever wonder why
Children are called kids
After all
A baby goat
Is really a kid

Did you ever wonder why
A sitter is called a nanny
After all
A Momma goat
Is really a nanny

Is it just slang
Or a metaphor
After all
It has been around
For three hundred years or more

The sound of a baby goat
Was compared to
The sound of a child's cries

Baby goats are so very cute
Children are too
This is no surprise

Society is left
Sharing these names
Whether it is
A nanny or a kid
It is
All the same

Connie S. Soto
July 17, 2016


Always Listen To Your Instincts


Audio Poem Click to Listen - Intuition Is a Gift
Or read the Poem:

Intuition Is a Gift

Intuition is the feeling
From unconscious information
In our brain
The subconscious sends signals
Through our nerves
Which sometimes are hard to explain

We are wise to listen
To subconscious feelings
It can bridge the gap
Between experience and analytical thinking

The brain automatically updates
Before it can reach your conscious awareness
But analytical thinking takes time
Intuition is a gift that is tremendous

Thoughts that we act upon
Do not always have to be deliberate or rational
We can depend on that gut feeling
It is typically infallible

To know without knowing why
Are the emotions that make us feel connected
Listen to our instincts
It is how we have always survived

Connie S. Soto
March 18, 2019


Enjoy Life, One Day At A Time


Audio Poem Click to Listen - The Younger Generation
Or read the Poem:

The Younger Generation

Time has changed
From each generation
To the next
Kids spent more time
To play outside
Now mostly they text

Less face time
Provides less interaction
Virtual reality will be normal
To the new generation

A higher education
Will help them do their best
Jobs without it
Will most likely pay less

Leaving home takes longer
For the younger generation
Part of the reason
Is the cost of inflation

A passion for reading
Is getting lost
It is sad because it is
Too great a cost

Humans could not function
Without change
Hopefully society adopts the ones
That is not too strange

Connie S. Soto
May 18, 2018


Waddles, A Lone Duck


Audio Poem Click to Listen - A Sense of Purpose
Or read the Poem:

A Sense of Purpose

Never under estimate
Your place in the work world
Retirement
Is a huge transition
Freedom from work means
You can fully appreciate
Your new mission

When you worked
Human contact was automatic
When you retire
Creating connections
Is not that automatic

Your colleague's world
Still revolves around work
They are not always friends
Pressure, stress and meetings for you
Came to an end

A spouse does not fill
The social connection
A sense of purpose
Is your new question

Change occurs
Your entire life
In retirement loss of the familiar
Can produce feelings of strife

Anxiety and depression is common
Who you are is changing
Private time is objective
Loneliness is a powerful feeling

Nurture your relationships
A little peace is ideal
Starting over will help define you
Removing the detachment you feel

Social media is not
A substitute for loneliness
Real social connections are critical
To remove feelings of emptiness

You waited for free time without commitments
Now life can have more meaning
Purpose helps find your identity
Never stop growing

To have someone to trust
Is imperative
Keeping connected
Is an important prerogative

Live life with passion
As if there is no tomorrow
Treasure each day
Can bring happiness
Not sorrow

Connie S. Soto
August 18, 2018


Talk to Yourself

Audio Poem Click to Listen - No Matter What
Or read the Poem:

No Matter What

Talk to yourself in the image
Of when you were little

Little person
I know your fears
I know your dreams

Trust me that
I will never abandon you
Trust me that
I will never harm you

No matter what
I will always take care of you
No matter what
I will always love you

Connie S. Soto
April 07, 1983


Veena Kitty, Is Part of My Family


Audio Poem Click to Listen - Learn To Accept Family
Or read the Poem:

Learn To Accept Family

Sometimes adult children and parents
Do not get along
The first thing a parent thinks
Is what did they do wrong

This is not the case
Parents are human
They make mistakes

Children make their own choices
They are who they are
To view their childhood with compassion
Is better by far

Your upbringing is where you came from
Whether it was good or bad
To accept the reality of what it was
Doesn't have to be sad

We see the world more clearly
When we deal with our thoughts and feelings
Try not to let our emotions get the better of us
Life does have more meaning

Obstacles in life
Come and go
To be resilient
Is how we stretch and grow

Remember it is always okay
To agree
To disagree

It is human to feel anger
But it is important to listen
To let anger ruin a relationship
Is a difficult lesson

Anger feels demeaning
And condescending
Feeling as though you are being judged
Is so distressing

When you care
The rational mind
Helps to forgive
When we value someone
We need
To be supportive

Learn to accept family
They are who they are
Help them to accept you
You are who you are

Connie S. Soto
September 09, 2018


Even a Kitty Can Reach For the Stars!


Audio Poem Click to Listen - Reach For the Stars
Or read the Poem:

Reach For the Stars

Attitude comes from upbringing
And
Attitude comes from experience

The result of the decisions we make
Comes from our attitude
We can change or alter our lives
Because of our attitude

A negative attitude can talk us into negative results
It can be a bit destructive or define our faults

A negative attitude can limit your success
A positive attitude is necessary for success

A positive attitude can help you stretch and grow
After all we do reap what we sow

Either a negative or positive attitude cannot stop
Bad things from happening
But a positive outcome
Can come from positive thinking

Challenges bring opportunities to reach
Toward your milestones
You can control your attitude
Even if fear is based on the unknown

You can choose how to respond
Even if you cannot control
What comes your way
Your survival depends on your ability
To work through hard times anyway

If you don't take chances
Opportunities will not come your way
If you think you can accomplish something
You will find a way

To focus on what is good
Makes you appreciate what you have
Integrity and a positive attitude
Can help even when things get bad

Success
Never comes overnight
Motivation and a can-do attitude
Will help you get it right

When things get difficult
Resilience helps you adapt
Working through things
Means that you are on the right track

When you control your attitude
You make of best of every situation
Learning to work through your emotions
Can be your foundation

A better quality of life is possible
If you believe in yourself you will go far
To keep a positive attitude
Can help you to reach for the stars

Connie S. Soto
September 21, 2019


Life is One Day at a Time


Audio Poem Click to Listen - Peace of Mind
Or read the Poem:

Peace of Mind

To wake up early
To see the sun rise
Is a great way
To start the day

Spring flowers are in bloom
Despite the chilly nights
The days are getting longer
The weather feels just right

I can feel a slight breeze
In the air
I can see the hummingbirds
Looking for nectar to share

Some trees are filled with blossoms
The leaves are close behind
I hear chatter from the bird feeder
It gives me peace of mind

Come rain or shine
Appreciate each day
Life is a gift to treasure
It is the only way

Connie S. Soto
March 27, 2019


Freedom is Important


Audio Poem Click to Listen - Human Culture Is Complex
Or read the Poem:

Human Culture Is Complex

America is changing
We are no longer one culture
One language or one American nationality
Are we becoming fractured
Due to racial diversity

We were strong
As one nation and one people
We were free
Under the constitution

Change sometimes happens
Before evolution can adjust
Adaptive adjustments and communication
Is a must

Our culture
Is part of our evolution
Our history makes a difference
It is part of the present

Human culture is complex
What we believe
Is psychological
The acquisition to share knowledge
Is possible

Through our eyes
The world is focused from experience
Within our minds
What we strive for
Can make a difference

The need to conform can be greater
Than personal opinion or experience
To adapt seems crucial
Even if it means obedience

Conformity is a human trait
It varies across different cultures
Language provides the ability
To comprehend the beliefs of others

Money has a strong tendency
To rule
Common goals tend
To bind us together

Shared knowledge is a key
For unity
What is diversity
Will it keep us free

Connie S. Soto
March 08, 2019


Savor Each and Every Day


Audio Poem Click to Listen - A Sense of Wonder
Or read the Poem:

A Sense of Wonder

A child's world is innocent
Everything is new
Learning about the world
Is awe inspiring too

Whether you are a child or an adult
A sense of wonder is amazing
Remember, you are unique
From the very beginning

To feel a sense of belonging
Is a fundamental need
A meaningful existence
Is what life ought to be

Believe in yourself
Strengthen your connection to others
To be who, you are
Reach for a sense of wonder

As we learn we gain knowledge
We never stop learning
Curiosity, along with the little things matter
Life is always changing

Beyond our own creativity
What is the sense of wonder
Sometimes it can be Mother Nature
In all of its splendor

Never stop questioning
Open your mind and look around
Life is full of mystery
You never know what can be found

Appreciate life
A sense of wonder
Is the beginning of wisdom
Savor every moment
After all
It is your decision

Connie S. Soto
August 05, 2019


Open Your Mind


Audio Poem Click to Listen - The Endless Mystery of the Sense of Wonder
Or read the Poem:

The Endless Mystery of the Sense of Wonder

To wonder provides insight
Curiosity makes us explore
Creativity is the key
That can open the door

Basic knowledge helps us
To interpret and understand
Every day is different
It is important to do what you can

Be the one who makes things happen
Choose which way to go
Life is always changing
No matter what you know

Never be so pre-occupied
That you miss the experience of wonder
Cell phones detract from reality
You might even miss hearing thunder

The endless mystery of the sense of wonder
Makes us feel complete
Your journey throughout life
Shows that humans are unique

Nothing should stop you
From wondering why
A positive attitude
Makes it feel great to be alive

Reassess your options
If something feels wrong
Logic will help you
To get along

To achieve happiness
Take one step at a time
Believe in yourself
You know you can shine

Even though yesterday is gone
You feel as though your life is full of wonder
Tomorrow is a fleeting thought
Today is what you need to treasure

Open your mind
Wonder is part of who we are
Never forget
Mother Nature is the star

Even though there is no one
Quite like me
One of a kind is what
I would rather be

Connie S. Soto
August 28, 2019


Innocence is a Gift to All of Us!


Audio Poem Click to Listen - How You Live
Or read the Poem:

How You Live

Looking ahead
Isn't always the thing to do
Appreciate the here and now
Makes you treasure life too

What you do in your life
Is strictly up to you
Time is a gift
That can impact you

A negative attitude
Can bring frustration
A sense of purpose
Can bring satisfaction

If you are determined and focus on achievement
Success will come your way
Tomorrow you will not regret
If you do what means the most to you each day

Increase the odds to live longer
When you choose good things without hesitation
Consequences are costly
When we make bad decisions

More than you realize
Time spent with family truly matters
Other things may seem urgent
Happiness can make you stronger

The number of years
You get to live
Is not as important
As how you live

What we have right now
Is all we've got
What we didn't know
It is much better than we thought

Connie S. Soto
October 15, 2019


Human's Are Part of Mother Nature


Audio Poem Click to Listen - To Be Cut Off Prevents Resolution
Or read the Poem:

To Be Cut Off Prevents Resolution

Estrangement between families
Is not uncommon
Often the reason is unknown
It can feel as though we are forgotten

Despite the differences between you
We need to find common ground
To accept your adult children
You think you know them well
Yet they have changed since
They were children

Humans inevitably make mistakes
This is well known
We learn from failures
Which become stepping-stones

Do not regret making mistakes
Life is a journey
Where we all have choices
To be cut off prevents resolution
Success can come
Because we experience new opportunities

Does estrangement happen
When we feel ill at ease with each other
To be cut off prevents resolution
When you cannot talk it over

Everything changes
As time passes

Communication is necessary
To resolve issues
Everyone involved suffer
The consequences

Parents are usually the ones
Who seek to restore the relationship
Understanding goes a long way
To solidify a new companionship

Sometimes choosing to be close to parents
Can feel like they are going backwards
Despite building an independent life
Many things go unanswered

Reasons for the disparity
Can be quite bad or much less
Sometimes it is simply caused
By personalities that do not mesh

Rejection can affect anyone
Because to be connected
Is a human need
Isolation from those you love
Causes loneliness indeed

Many coping mechanisms
May come into play
Positive changes with reconciliation
Is the best way

Connie S. Soto
October 23, 2019


Click to Visist House Sparrow Babies:

The House Sparrow Babies

Momma House Sparrow Feeds a Baby


A Little Hummer
Who loves to sing


A pair of Great Egrets


A Great Egret in Flight


Very Unusual near Homes
A Golden Eagle makes a visit





White Breasted Nuthatch


A Golden-Crowned Sparrow
Hanging out in the thicket


A Scrub Jay
On the antenna


A Starling fledgling
It looks like it is doing the high step


A White-Crown Juvenile


A Mocking Bird
They really do mimic what they hear


A Cedar Wax Wing
They are migratory birds


A Says Phoebe


Says Phoebe Likes The Antenna


A Vulture Hanging Out On A Light Post



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