Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Celia Laighton Thaxter was born into a family of lighthouse keepers on the Isles of Shoals in Maine in 1835. Although forgotten today, she went on to become one of 19th Century America's favorite poets. Emerson, Hawthorne, and Longfellow were among her peers and she regularly published in the Atlantic Monthly. One of the most famous of her many poems, Sandpiper, captured our wonder of nature.

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?

Celia Laighton Thaxter

Yellowlegs definitely has style!

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