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Poem by Virginia Hamilton Adair


The Birds Preach to St. Francis

[Variation on a Theme by Liszt]

What could he tell them they did not already know? Their wings were beating the air
like tongues at Pentecost,
their beaks unrolling ribbons of fire.

"Man," they chorused, "dip and dance as we do in the eddies of air.
With syllables of jubilation,
stitch earth to paradise."

"The Birds Preach to St. Francis" from Beliefs and Blasphemies: A Collection of Poems by Virginia Adair, copyright © 1998 by Virginia Hamilton Adair. Used by permission of Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

American poetess Virginia Hamilton Adair (1913-2004) published three volumes of poetry between 1996 and 2000. 

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