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The freest of the free

Great blue heron
Great blue heron
And yet my soul you do not know
And yet my soul you do not know
Quicker than a human hand
Quicker than a human hand
Her wings are coloured like the sun
Her wings are coloured like the sun
I brought them as seeds
I brought them as seeds
Silent flight
Silent flight
These hills are too green and sweet to have tasted salt
These hills are too green and sweet to have tasted salt
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One...
...Two...
...Two...
....Three!
....Three!
Faintest light at dawn
Faintest light at dawn
Meeting blue sky and green earth
Meeting blue sky and green earth
Hidden among the darkest trees
Hidden among the darkest trees
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
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In morning anthem to the spring
In morning anthem to the spring
An outcast bird, so grey and old
An outcast bird, so grey and old
Close to the sun in lonely lands
Close to the sun in lonely lands
I coast creation at my will
I coast creation at my will
A cup of sky
A cup of sky
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It was passed from one bird to another
It was passed from one bird to another
Geese appear high over us
Geese appear high over us
As they spoke of moments present
As they spoke of moments present
In the Garden of Paradise, beneath the Tree of Knowledge
In the Garden of Paradise, beneath the Tree of Knowledge
I entrusted a seagull to carry a word to you
I entrusted a seagull to carry a word to you
The chartless solitudes are mine
The chartless solitudes are mine
He holds unshared the silence of the sky
He holds unshared the silence of the sky
By a route obscure and lonely
By a route obscure and lonely
He watches from his mountain walls
He watches from his mountain walls
From peak to plain, from palm to pine
From peak to plain, from palm to pine
Home flies every living thing
Home flies every living thing
Wing to wing we dance around
Wing to wing we dance around
Where the purple river rolls fast and dim
Where the purple river rolls fast and dim
The bird of paradise
The bird of paradise
The sun looks down from quiet skies
The sun looks down from quiet skies
Waiting on the dipping sun
Waiting on the dipping sun
The deep river ran on
The deep river ran on
The bird that only lives somewhere in her eyes
The bird that only lives somewhere in her eyes
long legs stir up pond water
long legs stir up pond water
Overtaken by dusk
Overtaken by dusk
The shadow of a bird
The shadow of a bird
Life remains a blessing
Life remains a blessing
No echoes of the world afar
No echoes of the world afar
Night waits among the leaves
Night waits among the leaves
Far far down below
Far far down below
Something small and silver
Something small and silver
Heron, whose ghost are you?
Heron, whose ghost are you?
They enter the leaves, and come out little changed
They enter the leaves, and come out little changed
Water whorls spin
Water whorls spin
A lonely trace of lanky feet
A lonely trace of lanky feet
Wings that once held back a longer sky
Wings that once held back a longer sky
Part the mist above the river
Part the mist above the river
Let her perch upon your wrist
Let her perch upon your wrist
Where sea and shoreline meet
Where sea and shoreline meet
What does she want, the Venus Bird
What does she want, the Venus Bird
Space of her neck doubled in water
Space of her neck doubled in water
Alone in the shadows
Alone in the shadows
He pays no mind to other kind
He pays no mind to other kind
He flies by, and not his wings
He flies by, and not his wings
He rises and begins to round
He rises and begins to round
Wonder what you've missed
Wonder what you've missed
To fly above a white meadow
To fly above a white meadow
The clouds drift together
The clouds drift together
There will come soft rain
There will come soft rain
Head cocked, alert, upon the lawn
Head cocked, alert, upon the lawn
White mists lie down to sleep
White mists lie down to sleep
The lake is a mirror of haze
The lake is a mirror of haze
Along the shore a heron flew
Along the shore a heron flew
If I give my wings away
If I give my wings away
In mist or cloud
In mist or cloud
A seeing mind, a cry
A seeing mind, a cry
Takes flight amongst the hues
Takes flight amongst the hues
The horizon wasn't there
The horizon wasn't there
Ridge of plateau view
Ridge of plateau view
a bird calls
a bird calls
ordinary dawn
ordinary dawn
crucified on a cold gray sky
crucified on a cold gray sky
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