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Schoolyard Bird


Schoolyard  Bird

-  Mike Jenkins (U.K.)

The schoolyard bird has returned

from wintering in darker climes.


We hear its many calls

through our open windows:


thud of feet and footballs,

squeal and shriek of playing ;


its rush, chase and constant moving

are like a wind of sound ;


the beat of its wings

are countless feet running, dodging.


Over our houses and gardens

it fills the air with murmurations.


You wonder how long before

it will fall with cherry blossom ,


petal-feathers scattered on a breeze,

our pentref pensive once more.


Note – pentref – village (Welsh)