Diane Hine

Silver Star - 4,143 Points (25 July 1956)

Pectoral Sandpiper - Poem by Diane Hine

Pacific vacationer flies north to nest,
parades on some high arctic shore.
Puffing his fine feathered, stippled grey breast,
persuasively seeking rapport.

Provided with radio tags which attest
perpetual day may ensure,
Pectoral Sandpiper's sleep is suppressed,
perhaps for a fortnight or more.

Perusing she sandpipers swoon for his chest,
percentages measure the score.
Pedigrees prove that deferment of rest
profusely enhances l'amour.

How pleasant it is
to winter in sunny climes.
Holiday abroad.
Would it have the same appeal
if one had to fly oneself?

S leep
A t last
N ow that your
D ancing is done,
P roud promenading
I n mid-summer sun. Soon
P retty precocial chicks will
E merge from the sedge tundra nests,
R unning or flying, always time-pressed.
S leep at last, now that your dancing is done.

Comments about Pectoral Sandpiper by Diane Hine

  • Captain Cur (8/15/2012 12:59:00 AM)

    What a vacationing sonnet you have written.
    A triple, no a grand sandpiper slam.
    Loved all three immensely. Superb!
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  • (8/14/2012 6:34:00 AM)

    Ah the sandpiper trilogy. Those little legs of narrow wire twitching like a kneeless windup toy and yet in their mechanical method no toy could travel so far and so frantically display such power for life and it's cycles. Those little dynamos as so precisely and poetically portrayed. (Report) Reply

  • Barb Mcavaney (8/13/2012 4:01:00 PM)

    What an amazing write very clever and beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (8/13/2012 8:30:00 AM)

    Poor old sandpiper, if only those ladies would leave him alone - good one Diane. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 13, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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