“The reason birds can fly

and we can’t is simply

that they have perfect faith,

for to have faith is to have wings.”

—J.M. Barrie


When the swallow sings

A wonderful thing

Spring chance

Graceful tapered wings

Aerial flight, feathered king

Sky dance

A wonderful thing

When the swallow sings


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Swallow: Poem* and watercolor painting by Mary O’Connor. Swallow painting created from photo taken by Jan Logozzo.

 *Swallow poem written in the French poetic lai form. The lai uses an “a” and “b” rhyme pattern of aabaabaab. The “a” lines use 5 syllables; “b” rhymes have two syllables. Lines 1 and 2 repeat in reverse order in lines 7 and 8.  

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