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SWALLOWS

Few of them make it there
and back:
those sleek young things,
neat as waiters used to be,
with no bow-tie but rusty bib
and fork to tail not hand.

I see one perched on
edge of nest, tail-flap bobbing,
flexing muscle of wing
to fan out ribs in superb,
perfectly sculptured symmetry ~
aerodynamic best.

They land on my telephone wires,
measuring a capacity to
balance in the wind,
then swoop in figures of eight to
make a statement of proficiency;
like test pilots they scoop
under the eave of my car port,
landing with fast precision on
last year’s safe house.

They bring huge joy
and awe in natural beauty ~
not only for this:

no questions asked,
they do with energetic importance
what instinctively is …

life.

I wish questions did not exist.

Surely I could be happy without them?
 

 

 

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