Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BAT-WINGS, by WILLIAM SHARP

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BAT-WINGS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Flitter, flitter, through the twilight
Last Line: Pipistrello.
Alternate Author Name(s): Macleod, Fiona
Subject(s): Animals; Bats; Gnats; Rome, Italy

Flitter, flitter, through the twilight,
Where the moonshine glitters
Waver thy swart wings,
Darting hither, thither,
Swift as wheeling swallow.
Where the shadows gather
In and out thou flittest,
Flitter, flitter,
Waver, waver,
Thin thy faint aerial song is,
Thin and fainter than the shrilling
Of the gnats thou chasest wildly,
But how delicately dainty --
Thin and faint and wavering also,
In the high sweet upper air,
Where the gnats weave endless mazes
In their pyramidal dances --
And thy dusky wings go flutter,
Flutter, flutter,
Waver, waver,
But without a sound or rustle
Through the purple air of twilight.
Flitter, flitter, flutter, flitter,

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