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

Two ways of listening to a meadowlark,   p. 15


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Two Ways Of Listening To A Meadowlark
There are two simultaneous songs, a pearl-
colored one, new,
and the other one,
ancient, fashioned by Darwin's hammer.
They go back and forth
in your brain
like that picture of two black figures
that can be
either a white vase or the faces of two women
facing each other.
There now, on a fence post
with its head up,
its long beak
open-watch the yellow throat
throb,
listen as one song shimmers into the other-
a meadowlark
singing to a meadowlark, and
pearls of sound, the best
poetry around.
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