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Carl Sandburg - Timber Wings

THERE was a wild pigeon came often to Hinkley’s timber.
  
Gray wings that wrote their loops and triangles on the walnuts and the hazel.
  
  There was a wild pigeon.
  
There was a summer came year by year to Hinkley’s timber.
  
Rainy months and sunny and pigeons calling and one pigeon best of all who came.
  
  There was a summer.
  
It is so long ago I saw this wild pigeon and listened.
  
It is so long ago I heard the summer song of the pigeon who told me why night comes, why death and stars come, why the
whippoorwill remembers three notes only and always.
It is so long ago; it is like now and today; the gray wing pigeon’s way of telling it all, telling it to the walnuts and
hazel, telling it to me.
  So there is memory.
  So there is a pigeon, a summer, a gray wing beating my shoulder.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 45. Timber Wings
Volume: Smoke and Steel
- V. Mist Forms
Year: Published/Written in 1922
Poem of the Day: Mar 1 2009

Comment 1 of 1, added on April 13th, 2014 at 5:24 AM.
Fun poem. Liked hea

Fun poem. Liked hearing the song at the end to cepmlote the image. I love Simon and Garfunkle, but I would have never thought of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" as a first dance song...Interesting, indeed. =)

Frescha from Slovakia Republic

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