Wednesday 21 June 2017


The Xolmis

The xolmis is a pretty bird
In South America dwelling;
It’s white and black, and small, I see,
With story well worth telling.

It catches flies, and flies to eat
Its lunch so very tasty;
And yet with numbers small, I know,
Extinction’s coming, hasty.

Its habitat has shrunk so much
The pampas are all dwindling;
The poor bird has no home, no more
And much will not be lingering.

The xolmis softly coos and calls
Its sad fate it is mourning;
Another species lost to us,
We’re deaf to its woeful warning…

This post is part of the ABC Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.


  1. Quite lovely!
    Thanks for sharing at

  2. What a beautiful bird and what a shame it's becoming endangered. Love your poem - you should put it on some sort of "endangered species list" so something might be able to be done.

    abcw team

  3. I love it! Both bird and poem are wonderful, Nicholas! I had to do a google search on this bird because it was the first time I heard about it. What a pity its habitat is being destroyed... I hope something is being done about its long-term survival...

  4. So sad! But is is the same all over the world :(
    Pretty little bird

  5. gorgeous creature

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