Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, QUERY, by HENRY T. CHAMBERS



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First Line: He heard something as his lips broke
Last Line: Should one listen? Or ought one speak?


He heard something as his lips broke;
A bird calling -- and he never spoke.

He forgot to speak; he turned his head,
Better to hear what the bird said.

And as he listened with his lips apart
Death leaped up and touched his heart.

Now we children will never hear
What he found in the field, nor where.

I don't grudge him the easy choice
That stilled his own for the robin's voice.

I've only wondered if I died next week ...
Should one listen? or ought one speak?





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