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First Line: Four pelicans went over the house
Last Line: Pelicans.
Subject(s): Birds; Nature; Pelicans


Four pelicans went over the house,
Sculled their worn oars over the courtyard: I saw that
ungainliness
Magnifies the idea of strength.
A lifting gale of seagulls followed them; slim yachts of
the element,
Natural growths of the sky, no wonder
Light wings to leave sea; but those grave weights toil,
and are powerful,
And the wings torn with old storms remember
The cone that the oldest redwood dropped from, the
tilting of continents,
The dinosaur's day, the lift of new sea lines.
The omnisecular spirit keeps the old with the new also.
Nothing at all has suffered erasure.
There is life not of our time. He calls ungainly bodies
As beautiful as the grace of horses.
He is weary of nothing; he watches airplanes; he watches
pelicans.




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