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Young, George, 1938- / Bird of paradise: poetry
(2011)

A dream of wings,   pp. 27-28


Page 27

A Dream Of Wings
(Liberty, Texas)
Noon. We stood in the weeds at the edge
of a parking lot,
looking up through binoculars at the blue
blaze of the sky,
searching for Swallow-tailed Kites.
What impelled us?
Was it evolution's brain? Peterson's book?
Wordsworth's owls?
Rumor had it there was a nest in the tall pines behind
Wal-mart,
complete with fledglings. And all during that hot drive
from Winnie
in our heads we had seen them, preening their breasts, white
feathers
drifting down like snow; seen the adults
lifting off
to spiral up on thermals like thunderclouds boiling up
in the heat;
watched them snap roll in the air, catching
flying insects
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