Assortment of Nature Poems

In a similar vein, this rumination on a simple ecosystem involving seabirds, ursines and baked goods is widely (but not universally) attributed to Christopher Isherwood.

The common cormorant or shag
Lays eggs inside a paper bag
The reason you will see no doubt
It is to keep the lightning out
But what these unobservant birds
Have never noticed is that herds
Of wandering bears may come with buns
And steal the bags to hold the crumbs.

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Thanks but I don’t think it was Ogden Nash as I already knew of him -

The song of canaries
never varies
and when they’re moulting
they’re pretty revolting.


The shortest poem counts as a wildlife poem:


'ad 'em


A poem I wrote a few years ago, inspired by a t shirt I got from a nature center that said “The Marsh is calling and I must go”, which became the first line of the poem.

The Marsh is calling,
and I must go
Off to the land
Where the wild things grow.
Down river lane,
Come wind or rain,
There I am and there I’ll be
When the mist comes creeping
And the frogs start peeping
And the stars start waking
Where fireflies glow,
There you’ll find me.


I don’t entirely know if this counts, but I’ll add it anyways. I thought of it for some reason while I was chopping dried mealworms to mix into the chicken feed.

I’m chopping up dry mealworms,
Gonna put 'em in a can.
Then I’ll sell ‘em to all the kids,
An’ tell 'em they’re from candyland.

-Connor Graham, May 5, 2021


I think the effect of it works better if read in a stereotypical pirate-sounding voice.

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That was beautiful.

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Thank you.


That was just amazing.

Love it😂

Some years ago John Hegley was on an arts magazine programme on the radio. It discussed an Italian artist who had died young from malaria in Africa, I can’t remember his name. Hegley was challenged to write a poem about him before the end of the programme.

There once was an olive-skinned man
Who came from Rome, not Milan.
He went somewhere hotter
And before long he got a
Bite from an Anopheles mosquito before immunisation had even began.