Miss Robin in the South
by Georgia LV
Miss Robin in the North
by Georgia LV
This is poem #5 in Story Poem Week, a week long project to write poems that tell stories. This story is short and in the present tense; I imagine our Springtime harbingers awaiting their trip home to our yards and trees and bushes.
Students - My first work on this poem, the work in pencil on unlined paper, did not include this last stanza, but rather ended with Miss Robin's words. When I typed it, however, I felt that something was missing. In search of endings, I often go back to beginnings, asking , "Is there a glint of silver that I might reflect in the last lines, a moon to reflect the morning's sun?" Today there was.
If you ever find yourself wondering how to end a writing piece, be it a poem or a story or even a nonfiction piece or persuasive letter -- reread your beginning and you might find the silver you need.
If you are interested in having your American Robin questions answered, check out this post by Journey North who has also written a little book about the same topic. Of course you can find lots of information, including the American Robin's song, at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a rich source for everything-bird.
Once more, don't forget that the Great Backyard Bird Count begins on February 18. You can participate in important and fascinating research by keeping track of the birds in your yard for four days!
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