Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Oystercatcher at Sunset in Anna Maria


The bird
walks down
the beach along
the glazed edge
the last wave
reached.  His
each step makes
a perfect stamp--
smallish, but as
sharp as an
emperor's chop.
Stride, stride,
goes the emperor
down his wide
mirrored promenade
the sea bows
to repolish.

Kay Ryan

This beautiful poem perfectly captured this Oystercatcher 
as he paraded by us at sunset.  

And what better way to salute him 
than with one of Kay Ryan's (the recent Pulitzer prize winner) poems.

This was a post I did back in April on our last visit.

I'm lazy mazy today.
But then, I'm on vacation!

But I love reading all your comments!
Always time for that!



CherryPie said...

What a delightful bird :-)

Anonymous said...

Wow - the colours are amazing! Keep on enjoying your holiday...

Anonymous said...

Definitely looks like a bird on a mission.

She Who Carries Camera said...

Eye-popping and he does look like an emperor!

Anonymous said...

I missed it the first time so I'm glad you reposted! He does remind me of Yul Brynner in the King and I!!

Lisa Gordon said...

This is a wonderful poem, and a perfect photograph for it Reena!

Mental P Mama said...

Perfect! Cannot wait to meet you!!!

Deanna said...

Oh wow, what a beautiful bird. Great poem as well.

Ruth said...

I'll think of this next time I see those stamps in the sand.

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

A beautiful picture for a great poem.

Have a nice day Reena.

EG CameraGirl said...

This bird looks do confident strutting along the water's edge. :)

Ginny Hartzler said...

I love the Kay Ryan poem!! I have not heard of her and can't wait to look her up and read more, I love poetry!! It fits perfectly with the amazing picture!! The picture is awesome!!! I have never seen an oyster catcher, they are quite something. I guess that have that long sturdy beak for breaking open the oysters. And he has matching socks, lipstick, and eye makeup!! So color coordinated!

Barb said...

This is my first visit to your blog, luv your creations.
Thanks for sharing,
Barb in Texas

S. Etole said...

That is one colorful bird!!!

GailO said...

I love Kay Ryan but this is a new one for me! Thanks for sharing it today! Love that oyster catcher too:)

Roan said...

The poem does go well with this bird. He's a beauty!

Daryl said...

He matched his socks to his nose .. a true Floridian!

Pat said...

The poem describes him perfectly!

Pat Tillett said...

Nice poem and photo!

Margaret said...

I love this poem... I will have to run out and purchase a book of hers - I like her style. Thanks for introducing me to her. I love your ocean front photography, too.

Dawn said...

Why he's sure bright-eyed and bushy tailed!:)