Chubby Little Robin

Spending so much time on Sligo Creek and the other Anacostia River tributaries lately, I’ve been inspired to take a stab at poetry again. I’m no Robert Frost, just a guy who likes picking up a pencil and scribbling down some lines – especially in haiku form. Here are four 5-7-5 combos I wrote about a robin I admired yesterday while sitting next to a toasty back yard fire.

Chubby Robin No. 1

Black head, yellow beak
Chubby orange chest protrudes —
Robin still wants more.

Chubby Robin No. 2

Chubby lil’ robin
Orange belly bopping by —
Will she find a worm?

Chubby Robin No. 3

Black head, yellow beak
Robin lounging on my lawn
Searching for a snack.

[No. 3 won a spot in the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection 2020 Lawn Haiku Poetry Contest. The EPD published my poem on page 4 of its downloadable coloring book for kids. Download the coloring book today and help inspire the next generation of nature lovers tomorrow!]

Chubby Robin No. 4

Robin hopping by
Detects changes in the grass –
Worm about to die.

Do you write poetry of any form that you would like to share with us? We’re looking for all kinds of poems about Sligo Creek, the Anacostia River, anything related to the Anacostia River Tributary Trail System, and nature in general. Email us your poems at today! Be sure to tell us how you want your name to appear and include a biographical sentence or two about yourself. We read everything we receive and are happy to publish anything that fits our mission.


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