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U3A Writing: To An Insomniac Blackbird At 3.45 AM

Alam Lee, with a backward glance at Shelley, makes a poetic appeal to a restless bird.

Thou dark destroyer of my pre-dawn rest,
(O blackbird, you really are a pest!)
With orisons ecstatic heavenwards bound,
And all creation re-echoing the sound!

With trill and scales cascading from your post,
Warbling of wondrous things that charm you most,
Trying to outshine Schubert in his prime,
Sounding so merry -- but just look at the time!

Your sunrise concert is well rehearsed,
You sing as though your heart would burst.
All other birds their silence keep;

Blackbird, why donít you go to sleep?

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