Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, RETURNING BLUEBIRDS, by NANCY E. KEAHEY

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First Line: When the autumn days are hazy
Last Line: And summer nest with soft snow fills.
Subject(s): Autumn; Birds; Bluebirds; Seasons; Fall

When the autumn days are hazy
'Neath a sky of greenish blue,
And the breezes all seem lazy, --
Nothing left for them to do --
When the Southwest seems awaiting
The coming Winter's chill,
When the Summer seems debating
If she shall go from vale and hill --

Comes a cry across the valley,
Comes a flash of sea-blue wings,
And a dozen bluebirds rally
'Mong my rough-stone garden things.
Some perch upon the arbors
Among the roses' rambling vines,
Others call from lofty harbors
Where the grape o'er live oak twines.

My bluebirds all remember,
Through the absent summer days,
That my birdbath, in December,
Full of sparkling water stays.
Then they find my canyon garden
Tucked away 'mong snowless hills,
When their Northern waters harden,
And summer nest with soft snow fills.

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