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First Line: Heaven is in my hand, and I
Last Line: Like you—a bird!
Subject(s): Blackbirds; Singing & Singers; Songs

HEAVEN is in my hand, and I
Touch a heart-beat of the sky,
Hearing a blackbird's cry.

Strange, beautiful, unquiet thing,
Lone flute of God, how can you sing
Winter to spring?

You have outdistanced every voice and word,
And given my spirit wings until it stirred
Like you—a bird!

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