‘Twas the Eve of Migration – a Poem

‘Twas the Eve of Migration

‘Twas the eve of migration
and all through the north,
Anxious crowds waited
for the birds to come forth.

Our optics were cleaned
and hung by the door,
We’d soon be like kids
in a bird candy store.

Excitement was building,
without a doubt,
But what could we do
while we waited it out?

Study our field guides,
yes that’ll do,
We’ll make the best of it,
as birders tend to.

Organizing our life lists
and pretty bird pics,
Yes, that’s how we get
our wintertime kicks.

Soon it wasn’t so cold
and we ventured outside,
Scanning the trees
with our eyes open wide.

Oh! Something moved…
what was that?!
A pretty bluebird —
that’s nothing to sneeze at.

But still we wait
for the stars of the show,
Those colorful warblers
we all want to know.

Blackburnian, Wilson’s,
Cerulean, Cape May.
Orange, yellow,
blue…and some gray.

They travel thousands of miles
each year to survive,
Powered only by insects
and a strong inner drive.

Suddenly it happens,
the day has arrived!
The Magee Marsh boardwalk
comes alive.

Birders have come
from far and wide,
Most of them bushy-tailed
and bright-eyed.

Enjoying a feast
of beauty and birdsong,
The show is free
and lasts a month long!

The trees are bejeweled
with living ornaments,
As birders sleep nearby
in their campers and tents.

Each chilly morning
they’re up with the sun,
The better to catch
all the birdwatching fun.

After a while
the birds start to move on,
They’ve got breeding tasks
to embark upon.

Reluctant birders say goodbye,
to the birds and each other,
Packing up their gear,
one after another.

We all drive away
from the Lake Erie shore,
Wishing we could stay
just one day more.

As the tiny birds ascend
into the dark night,
we wish them a safe migration
and a very good flight.

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8 Responses to ‘Twas the Eve of Migration – a Poem

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  2. Judy Davis says:

    Terrific poem capturing my feeling exactly

  3. Kim says:

    Thanks, Lori! Hard to say how long it took…probably a few hours spread over a couple weeks. I think it’s obvious that I used “Twas the Night Before Christmas” as my model; I don’t feel very confident about writing poetry. It’s just never been a writing form that I connected with. But this was a ton of fun, so maybe I’ll try some more later.

  4. Beeeeeeeautiful poem and tribute to BSBO! Birds Rule!

  5. Littlesundog says:

    Kim! Your creative talents are endless! I loved the poem. How long did it take you to compose it? I’m just curious. I do hope you have a blast at the Biggest Week in American Birding! I know we’ll be hearing all about it! YAY!

    • Kim says:

      Thanks, Lori! Hard to say how long it took…probably a few hours spread over a couple weeks. I think it’s obvious that I used “Twas the Night Before Christmas” as my model; I don’t feel very confident about writing poetry. It’s just never been a writing form that I connected with. But this was a ton of fun, so maybe I’ll try some more later.

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