The Bahama Nuthatch
When Hurricane Matthew struck the island of Grand Bahama in 2016, the nuthatch disappeared, and some feared it was extinct. In 2018, researchers rediscovered the bird.
Buffeted and bruised by a tropical cyclone
with rotating high-speed winds, I survived.
I lost all my friends and now I am alone.
Being a female bird I have been deprived
of the chance of laying eggs to incubate.
I danced on branches and softly sang
but I failed to attract one feathered mate.
I am inconsolable and feeling a pang.
I scan the horizon and scrutinise the skies
to see if I can spot another alive Nuthatch
I am lachrymose and have unseeing eyes
despairing I won’t find a suitable match.
The last hurricane that struck the Bahamas
decimated innumerable endangered birds;
it was an occurrence of significant drama
and an experience that was beyond words.
That kind of weather is rather worrying
because it happens over and over again;
it’s a condition called global warming
caused by gases such as co2 or methane
At one time our habitat was a paradise,
it has now been lost but can be regained;
let the sun shine and people be nice
with peace and harmony to be sustained.
© Luigi Pagano 2020