The Sandburgs found great beauty in nature. Much of the family's time in their North Carolina home was spent outdoors. The Sandburgs were avid birdwatchers and had many birdhouses on their property. Margaret Sandburg had a workroom on the ground floor of the home where she constructed blue bird houses. She hung these houses all about the property, creating a blue bird trail of sorts. Once, when Mrs. Sandburg was asked about the care of the birds she replied, "We almost never go to movies or to plays and not one of us has ever owned a fur coat. Birds are our luxury!"
Bluebird, What Do You Feed On?
Bluebird, what do you feed on?
It is true you gobble up worms, you
And your bill picks up corn, seed,
This is only part of the answer.
Your feathers have captured a piece of
Your wings are burnished with
It is not a worm blue nor a bug
blue nor the blue
Of corn or berry you shine with.
Bluebird, we come to you for facts,
Information, for secret reports.
Bluebird, tell us, what do you
Carl Sandburg, Complete Poems, 1951.