Poetry Friday–Semipalmated Sandpipers


Semipalmated sandpiper WIP, © 2018 Michelle Kogan

Happy Poetry Friday! I’ve been back and forth to our beach this last week, watching these wonderful small semipalmated sandpipers as they migrate through the Chicago area enroute to their winter home in south America. They are called semipalmated for they have a very slight webbed foot–that you could maybe see if they would just slow down for a second–they move pretty fast. They are after a delicious meal that graces our sands which I name in my poem.



Semipalmated pipers
beaks peck-pecking in sand,

Your nonstop moving motion
foraging your quotient,

Biofilm from our beaches,
yum–nutrient filled slime,

Short Chicago stopover
refueled–now away…

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

Catch the Poetry Friday Roundup at Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s blog, The Poem Farm.  Thanks for hosting Amy, I’m looking forward to what you will be sharing with all of us this week!

Sending my thoughts out to all those who have had to leave there homes, and those in any kind of harms way of Hurricane Florence, be safe.

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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22 Responses to Poetry Friday–Semipalmated Sandpipers

  1. lindabaie says:

    Ah, that ‘refueling’ makes me want to go there, too. Lovely capture in both the poem & the video!

  2. Linda Mitchell says:

    hmmmmm biofilm slime. I must admit that does not sound tasty to me. But, I’m oh so glad it does to these fast little birds. They are so sweet. I love their little semi-palmated movements in your video. And, the sound of that water……ahhhhhh. Music to my ears after a long day yesterday (back-to-school night) and up early this morning. Beautiful painting as always! You capture the details well in watercolor which I imagine takes great practice!

  3. Tabatha says:

    I like the unexpected near-rhyme of “motion” and “quotient.” Watching migrating birds is awesome! Such a treat.

  4. jama says:

    Love watching those sandpipers scurry around. Beautiful art and poem, Michelle — how lucky to see them enroute to S America. 🙂

  5. Oh, what a refreshing little visit with these wee wonders over here, Michelle! And I didn’t know about their slimy meals… thanks for the art and clever words and the fun facts. :0)

  6. Our wetlands are so important. “Yum–nutrient filled slime” made me smile.

  7. This is so wonderful! Both the picture and poem.

  8. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Those migrating birds are so fascinating–how their paths provide just the right food at just the right time for their arrival. I’ve been gazing upward to catch sight of the sandhill cranes that will be heading south.

  9. I love how your poem’s tone matches the personality of these lively little foragers. Down to business–badabing–pass the slime– badaboom–refueled–now away… 🙂

  10. amyludwigvanderwater says:

    The name of this bird is a poem in itself! Your painting is delightful as is your poem (that last line!) I imagine that your art must refuel your writing. I keep trying to learn to express myself with line…you inspire. x

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