Comeback for snowy plover
Associated Press headline, Oct. 13, 2014
O, lesser flake of feathers, O downy
shorewinged picker of cockles
and mites, twiglegged runner through ripples,
who was it called you out of extinction
to flit and flirt again with the waves?
Who missed you enough to amend
your habitation? Who restored you,
winging you back to the beaches of our lives?
What urgent impulse then spirited you,
safe in your dappled egg, to break shell,
chick stirring in shallow sandscrape,
lifting to fly the salt windrising in drifts
over the wild surf, your pinions
riding the breath of God?