The Little Sandpiper And I   3 comments

A Sandpiper Near San Diego On My Birthday, January 15, 2013 — Image by kenne

The Sandpiper.

Across the lonely beach we flit,
⁠One little sandpiper and I,
And fast I gather, bit by bit,
⁠The scattered driftwood, bleached and dry
The wild waves reach their hands for it,
⁠The wild wind raves, the tide runs high,
As up and down the beach we flit,
⁠One little sandpiper and I.

Above our heads the sullen clouds
⁠Scud, black and swift, across the sky;
Like silent ghosts in misty shrouds
⁠Stand out the white lighthouses high.
Almost as far as eye can reach
⁠I see the close-reefed vessels fly,
As fast we flit along the beach,
⁠One little sandpiper and I.

I watch him as he skims along,
⁠Uttering his sweet and mournful cry;
He starts not at my fitful song,
⁠Nor flash of fluttering drapery.
He has no thought of any wrong,
⁠He scans me with a fearless eye;
Stanch friends are we, well tried and strong,
⁠The little sandpiper and I.

Comrade, where wilt thou be to-night,
⁠When the loosed storm breaks furiously?
My driftwood fire will burn so bright!
⁠To what warm shelter canst thou fly?
I do not fear for thee, though wroth
⁠The tempest rushes through the sky;
For are we not God’s children both,
⁠Thou, little sandpiper, and I?

— Celia Thaxter.

Posted January 15, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

3 responses to “The Little Sandpiper And I

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  1. A Most Happy Birthday to you, my friend, and many many happy returns,

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  2. Hope you have the greatest day, on your birthday! and many days to come!
    Wishing you Happiness, Good Health, and a Great Year Ahead.

    Fantastic image, kenne! Love the Sandpiper!
    Beautiful poem!
    “For are we not God’s children both,
    ⁠Thou, little sandpiper, and I”?


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