“We Warble Amiss”
Do you know we get it
wrong each December if we sing
(of sooty black birds who perch
on limbs and breeze block chimneys,
amid the french hens and golden
rings) calling birds rather than colly?
(Rather Lengthy) Notes:
Cinder Blocks are called Breeze Blocks in England, since
breeze is another word for ashes which are used to make the blocks.
Colly means to blacken or begrime as with wood or coal ashes.
Thus, our True Love gives us four black Colly Birds.
Why he or she does so is another matter.
Directions for building cinder block bird house at