Across the narrow beach we flit,–
One little sandpiper and I;
And fast I gather, bit by bit,
The scattered driftwood bleached and dry.
The wild waves reach their hands for it,
The wild wind raves, the tide runs high,
As up and down the beach we flit,
One little sandpiper and I.
Above our heads the sullen clouds
Scud black and swift across the sky;
Like silent ghosts in misty shrouds
Stand out the white light-houses high.
Almost as far as eye can reach
I see the close-reefed vessels fly,
As fast we flit along the beach,–
One little sandpiper and I.
I watch him as he skims along
Uttering his sweet and mournful cry;
He starts not at my fitful song,
Or flash of fluttering drapery.
He has no thought of any wrong;
He scans me with a fearless eye.
Stanch friends are we, well-tried and strong,
The little sandpiper and I.
Comrade, where wilt thou be to-night
When the loosed storm breaks furiously?
My driftwood fire will burn so bright!
To what warm shelter canst thou fly?
I do not fear for thee, though wroth
The tempest rushes through the sky:
For are we not God’s children both,
Thou, little sandpiper, and I?
I was delighted to come across this lovely little poem by Celia Thaxter today. I read it aloud to my children from the 1908 classic Birds Every Child Should Know (affiliate link, free on Kindle.) It reminded me of all the times they’ve chased little sandpipers up and down the beach.
The sleepy sandpiper is an amzing place to stay with friends and family. The house was very clean and had all the needed amenenties. The location is nice and quiet and perfect for a peaceful and fun getaway. I definately reccomend this house and would surely go back. Alexandra is a great host, and her family was very attentive of anything we needed. Looking forward to another stay at the sleepy samdpiper.
Worldschooling is on the rise. Families packing up and traveling, kids learning as they go. Not all of us desire to uproot our lives completely, and yet we can adapt worldschool ideas to our own families, right where we are.
Experience a bit of Sarasota’s Scottish heritage at the Sarasota Highland Games, February 3rd – 4th, 2017!
The event kicks off [Friday] with a ceilidh, a traditional Celtic party. The next day, kilted Scotsmen compete in feats of strength like the caber toss and stone throw, while the rest of us can gather with our clan—be it Wallace, Maxwell, Ross or otherwise—and nosh on meat pies and sausage rolls to the seductive sounds of the bagpipes.
Just south of the Sleepy Sandpiper at Nokomis beach is the quaint city of Venice, Florida. Incorporated on May 9th, 1927, the city is planning a year-long celebration of its 90th anniversary.
What is so interesting about this Gulf Coast Florida city? Visit the newly opening Venice Museum & Archives to discover how the Kentucky Military Institute, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Venice Army Air Field and even Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus play into its history!