Everglades Gossip

Roseate Spoonbills, Photo by Julia Craice from Unsplash

Everglades Gossip

A roseate spoonbill was overheard to say,

“You’ll never guess who I saw today!

Gone from the Everglades for a hundred years,

flamingos have settled not far from here.”

Roseate Spoonbill by Joshua J Cotten from Unsplash

The second spoonbill said, “It will be nice, I think,

having neighbors who also like to wear pink.

Maybe they won’t brag that their legs are longer,

or argue that their beaks are stronger.”

Roseate Spoonbill by Joshua J Cotten from Unsplash

“We will have to be tactful and kind,”

said the first spoonbill, “and pay no mind

to flamingos’ skinny necks and feathery heads.

Some things are better left unsaid.”

“We have a lot in common. Let’s focus on that,”

said the second spoonbill. “We’ll have a chat

with our new neighbors. I think it will be good

to welcome flamingos back to the neighborhood.”

Flamingos, Photo by Dennis Eusebio from Unsplash

Reprinted from Hanging Out with Wild Animals II

Environmentally-themed book series for readers aged eight to twelve


Copyright© 2018 by Cheryl Batavia

37 Comments

      1. Oh I’m so glad as it is the one I think we should all live by so thank you for sharing it. We have flamingo parties where people put a plastic one out on your lawn and invite you to come. I have never been to one though because I’m with you… I’d rather go there too! Hugs, 🤗

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    1. Thank you, Rupa, for visiting my site and leaving a comment. I am so glad you enjoyed the poem. You can imagine how happy I was to learn that flamingos are living in the wild in Florida again. Nobody knows where they came from…maybe Central America. All the best! Cheryl

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