Hungry Heron #PoetryFriday

Happy Poetry, everyone! File this under better late than never.

Good evening from gorgeous (or gorges, as they case may be!) Ithaca, New York. This week I am participating in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s annual BirdSleuth educator retreat. 50 teachers from across the US have gathered together for four intense days of learning about Citizen Science work from a handful of educators and scientists from the Lab’s 250+ member team.

DSC_0015The setting for the retreat is the Lab’s stunning property in Sapsucker Woods. Some of you may be familiar with the property from watching two of the Labs many web cams, Sapsucker Woods Feeder and Pond Cams. The visitor’s center wing of the Lab, where our retreat is located, looks out upon a large lily pad-covered pond, and yesterday we were greeted upon our arrival by a majestic blue heron. She (or he) stood for the entire morning in the same spot, occasionally dipping her beak down below the pond’s surface for a bite to eat. During one of our late morning breaks, I took a walk over to one of the many lookouts on the banks of the pond for a closer look.


When I reached the lookout, a gorgeous heron sculpture greeted me. Art imitates life, or is life imitating art? In any case the heron inspired two playful poetic offerings.


heron stands watching

waiting patiently until

breakfast is ready

— Christie Wyman, 2018

breakfast is served

on nature’s best lily pad plates

to Sapsucker’s hungry residents

— Christie Wyman, 2018


Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe is hosting this week’s roundup, and she’s got some great ideas to share from her time at Chicago’s Summer Poetry Teacher’s Institute. Join us for some Poetry Friday fun!

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14 thoughts on “Hungry Heron #PoetryFriday

  1. Wow, what a fantastic retreat!! Looking forward to hearing more about it.
    Herons are definitely majestic. When my kids were in elementary school, a teacher made a koi pond there, which a local hungry heron thought was breakfast being served. !

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  2. Yes, aren’t there a lot of ways to rest, recharge, reinvigorate over the summer? (Honestly I’d trade them all for a Euro year-round school schedule…) I had a water bird moment in Chicago too, on Wooded Island’s Phoenix Garden. This video shows what it looks like…

    I like your second poem so much! Love the lily pad plates.

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    1. Christie, you have had some stellar nature moments. This one sounds like a bonding with the natural surroundings. I have never seen a heron in the wild although I have seen a giant osprey nest in the preserve near my house. It is wonderful being one with nature. How would you like to offer your second poem and the poetry to “The Art of Summering” Gallery? I would have to say that your professional learning time is a fascinating way to enjoy summer.

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  3. Beautiful blog post Christie, the retreat looks fascinating. Love both your poems and especially the lines from the second one,
    “on nature’s best lily pad plates
    to Sapsucker’s hungry residents”


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  4. Oh, I love the lily pad plates. What a beautiful place to be. I went to Ithaca College and it is such a great place to go to school and explore gorges. Don’t miss a trip downtown to Logos Bookstore. I hope its still there on the Commons.

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