Animals & Wildlife Magazine

“Why Read a Book?”

By Lauren Smith @AlbatrossTales

Two of my pleasures, in one poem: reading and looking at birds. Oh man. Not sure I'd always choose birds over books, but on these beautiful fall days, when the sun is warm and the birds are migrating (and especially when I have the chance to get outside and band them), birds definitely win out. Though I do love to lose myself in the words of others, it's hard to ignore the amazing poetry flying overhead and all around.

Why read a book when there are birds

Printing clear and breezy words

Upon the cloud's white pages? When

A busy robin and a wren

Are syllables of ecstasy!

A line of swallows on a tree,

Or wire, is a sentence, long

And sweeping. A flying flock's a strong

Paragraph, while in the air

Is quilled elaborately and rare

Illumined manuscript in gold

And green. And say, what book can hold

More fascination and delight

Than birds in migratory flight?

- Collette M. Burns

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