Thursday, March 7, 2019

Avian Inspired Poems. Field Lark, Meadow-Lark (Eastern Meadowlark).

Inspired by such works as Land-Birds and Game-Birds of New England by H.D. Minot (1877), and The Birds of New England by Edward A. Samuels (1870), is my attempt to bring their long-forgotten words, and place in time, back to life through a series of short poems and images. 

The Birds of New England by Edward A. Samuels (1870)

Common name in 1877:   Field Lark, Meadow-Lark

Common name in 2019:   Eastern Meadowlark, (Sturnella magna)

Allen & Ginter collector card circa late 1800's


Fertile tracts of sunlit pasture, finds a nest upon the ground.

Meadow-Lark singing from a post, concerned it may be found.

Sweet-plaintive-music, a lisp that’s seems so pleasant.

Colors of the haying fields, a chest which bears a crescent. 

Beauty displayed in graceful flight, hovers before alighting.

Long grasses do they always trust, a walk that’s less inviting.

Threatened grassland habitat of the Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)
Photo Credit: Paul Cianfaglione

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