Five Poems About A Sweet Old Great Blue Heron

I fell in love with a great blue heron and couldn’t help but give her a name: Ms. Ana Costia. She even inspired me to write poetry for the first time in more than three decades. I particularly love the ancient Japanese poetry form of Haiku. Here are my first five great blue heron poem tributes to her:

Old Great Blue Heron No. 1

Old great blue heron,
Ignites my soul with wonder;
She pays me no mind

Old Great Blue Heron No. 2

Old great blue heron,
Yellow eye gleaming in sun
Bloodstain on her neck

Old Great Blue Heron No. 3

Old great blue heron,
Belly empty in winter
Hoping not to die

Old Great Blue Heron No. 4

Old great blue heron,
Stabs beak into Sligo pond
Snags only despair

Old Great Blue Heron No. 5

Whomp! Whomp! Go her wings
Old great blue heron takes flight
Raccoon down below

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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