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Graber, John / Only on this planet
(2007)

The dance of the robins,   p. 15


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The Dance of the Robins 
Lacing the air with their filigree of song, 
baroque or rococo-it doesn't matter- 
the birds own the morning 
and publish what they choose. 
This time, it's the ancient song and dance 
for life that brings them down to earth 
in a springly mating persuasion, like ours, 
ignoring the wings to involve the legs 
as if proving the weight Sir Robin can carry 
and leap from gravity's ground were credentials 
for levity's coupling. Oh, how they dance 
and lock and weave the pattern of their history 
here on this greening turf of eventual demise, 
flirting in the dangerous cat's grass, 
sticking their necks out to touch 
more children into laughter. 
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