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ABER STATIONS: STATIO SECUNDA, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Just listen to the blackbird -- what a note
Last Line: I hope he won't go mad.
Alternate Author Name(s): Brown, T. E.
Subject(s): Blackbirds; Death - Children; Grief; Death - Babies; Sorrow; Sadness


Just listen to the blackbird -- what a note
The creature has! God bless his happy throat!
He is so absolutely glad
I fear he will go mad.
Look here! this very grit
I crush beneath my boot
His little foot
Trod crisp that day --
That's it! that's it!
O, what is there to say?
The little foot so warm and pink!
O, what is there to think?
His mother kissed it every night
When she put out the light --
And where?
What is it now? a fascicle
Of crumbling bones
Jammed in with earth and stones.
You say that this is old,
A tale twice-told --
Say what you will:
Old, new, I swear
That it is horrible --
Horrible, blackbird, howsoe'er
The Spring rejoice you with its budding bloom --
Yes, horrible, most horrible!
Though you should carol to the crack of doom,
Poor blackbird! being so absolutely glad --
I hope he won't go mad.





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