Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Where Have You Gone

Ivory-bill pair.jpg
Courtesy of Wikipedia

There is a loneliness in the family tree
where have you gone, my feathered one
once dwelling near waters within the
tall cypress and pine trees...feasting
on beetles...

Once hunted for your long ivory bills
your natural habitat grew dangerous
range of free space dwindled due
to deforestation

Has your drum gone silent

  Tap (single)

   Tap Tap (double rap)

Bird watchers search for signs of your
existence...hoping you have survived
somewhere out there in nature...

There is a loneliness in the family tree
where have you gone, my feathered one...
the Ivory-billed woodpeckers
we long to hear your song

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hosted by Sherry

Author's note:  I have been seeing a Pileated Woodpecker around here. I decided to see if there were similar birds on the endangered species list. Sadly, I found the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.  One has not been spotted in a long time, it may be extinct.  Lets hope not!


  1. Awww. That is both sad and a wonderful reminder that we need to take care of the planet's critters.

  2. This is so sweet, loving and poignant. Sigh. We are losing so many dear ones. So glad you wrote this poem to remind us of one we may not have known is endangered.

  3. How deeply sad. It's awful to think of such wonderful birds leaving the Earth for good. I join you in hoping that there is a remnant population somewhere. Suzanne - Mapping Uncertainty

  4. Sad they are endangered. We have woodpeckers in our trees but not that breed.

  5. Every species lost is a hole in the net.

  6. How sad! I do hope there are some still remaining 🙏

  7. Haven't seen one in a long, long time. Hello, True.