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.”
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.”
“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.”
Reprinted from Hanging Out with Wild Animals II
Environmentally-themed book series for readers aged eight to twelve
Copyright© 2018 by Cheryl Batavia