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Nature Poem: Egret Sunrise

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Mark Tulin is an author, poet, and short-story writer who lives by the avaricious central coast.

Egret getting breakfast.

Egret getting breakfast.

The Snowy Egret

The snowy egret is a small white heron native to South and Central America. One of my favorite sea birds, the snowy egret often fishes for breakfast during my morning walks. The egret is a tall, long-legged wading bird with a slender, s-curved neck and dagger-like bill.

Their white feathers and long necks resemble that of swans. The egrets' line-up on the coastline of various California beaches, fairly oblivious to humans strolling or jogging. They space themselves about ten-feet apart and wait for the waves to roll in so they can fetch their tiny morsels of food.

Enjoy Egret Sunrise and my video poem of the same name. All of the pictures in the video were taken on the beaches of Santa Barbara.



Poem: Egret Sunrise


In the sea of champions,

surrounded by sandpipers,

seals, and dolphins,

I search for breakfast,

fishing on one leg,

balancing on the other,

with slender feathered-body,

serpentine neck, longish beak,

anticipating delicious morsels,

waiting for a juicy catch


Caution is my manta

I take tiny steps

I have many predators

along the surf

I look both ways

for red-tailed hawks,

crows, and vultures

who do not share

my love for peace


I am independent

I have no leaders,

no pecking order,

only an equal divide

There are enough delicacies

to go around—

whirligigs, bugs,

worms and shrimp

washed ashore

for our benefit


A bounty, a sunrise

in the morning mist,

an expansive food supply

A whole universe

Its vastness

Its openness

The clawing waves breaking

in the sun’s glow of morning.

Comments

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on July 29, 2020:

Thank you, Umesh.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 29, 2020:

Good work. Nice reading.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on July 06, 2020:

Thank you, Anya.

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on July 05, 2020:

Nice!

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on July 02, 2020:

Thank you, Flourish.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 02, 2020:

Yes, I agreed.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 02, 2020:

You made me see them in a new way. Lovely.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on July 01, 2020:

Thank you, Linda.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 30, 2020:

Your poem and its description of an egret at sunrise are lovely. The video is a great addition to the article.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 30, 2020:

Noted please.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on June 30, 2020:

Thanks, Shauna. I love when nature takes an unexpected visit, too.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 30, 2020:

Mark, I love this poem and the soothing photos. What a way to wake up in the morning! The salt air adds to the experience, too.

We have egrets in my neck of the woods. We have a lot of ponds in my area, so I see them (and other types of wading birds) all the times. Sometimes they'll even come into my yard after a rain and feed on bugs. I love when they come to visit!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 30, 2020:

Mark, you're welcome.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on June 30, 2020:

Thanks, Miebakagh

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on June 30, 2020:

Thanks, John

Lorna Lamon on June 30, 2020:

I love the independent spirit of this elegant bird perfectly captured in your wonderful poem Mark. Enjoyed the video.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 30, 2020:

Mark, I enjoyed Ergret Sunrise. It appeal naturally to me. That's a good read, and thanks.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 29, 2020:

Beautiful poem about the egrets, and accompanying video. Nice work Mark.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on June 29, 2020:

Thank you, Genna I certainly spend enough time with them to know on a personal level.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on June 29, 2020:

Thank you, blogchick!!

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on June 29, 2020:

Thank you, JC.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on June 29, 2020:

Thank you, Ruby. It’s a pleasure to write about them.

Genna East on June 29, 2020:

Oh Mark, this is beautiful! I love how you juxtaposed the elements of nature at its core with its serenity and observations in a way that is unique. You take us there in ways that truly capture us.

Theblogchick from United States on June 29, 2020:

Very nice poem Mark,

Thanks for sharing.

JC Scull from Gainesville, Florida on June 29, 2020:

Very well done!!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 29, 2020:

This is very beautiful. I watched the video. The Egrets are so agile. It was a joy to watch them find food. Thanks.