From “Short Treatise on Birds” by Alison Hawthorne Deming

Migration of Sandhill Cranes
Sulfur Springs Valley, Arizona

Perhaps they would forgive us our
greed if they lived with moral codes.
Instead they take our leavings, corn-
fields crowded with migrants till they
rise, wheel, stream apart in columns,
then join again. If they have a
purpose, it must be communal
flight, swarms that meet to read the sky.

Alison Hawthorne Deming
Genius LociĀ (2005)


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