[Editor: This poem for children, by Eva Oakley, was published in Willie Wagtail, Two Little Romances and Other Verses (1945).]
“Willie Wagtail is Hatched”
A little boy looked in a nest,
And saw some eggs so wee;
He said, “I must not touch them though,
For soon they’ll birdies be.”
A week went by and, if you please,
Some little heads he saw,
Peeping above the nest and crying,
“We want more, more, more!”
For they were very hungry birds,
And growing up apace;
You should have seen how worried, was
The little mother’s face.
Her name was Mrs. Wagtail,
And she went and looked for Dad;
She found him flying home to them,
And, much more food he had.
So, soon, they were quite satisfied,
And all went off to sleep,
Till Willie Wagtail woke them up,
To take another peep.
Eva Oakley, Willie Wagtail, Two Little Romances and Other Verses, Melbourne: Austral Printing & Publishing Company, , p. 1
wee = little, very small, diminutive, e.g. “the wee child” (the small child), “the wee hours of the morning” (the small hours of the morning, i.e. the early hours of the morning)