Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, STARLING, by KATHARINE TYNAN

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STARLING, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The starling in the ivy now
Last Line: To show—his mother's eyes.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hinkson, Katharine Tynan
Subject(s): Death; Starlings; War; World War I; Dead, The; First World War

THE starling in the ivy now,
For to amuse his dear,
Mimics the dog, the cat, the cow,
Blackbird and Chanticleer.

The starling's an accomplished mime:
Between his love-making
He solaces her brooding-time
By many a madcap thing.

He is the saw, the spade, the scythe,
He rings the dinner-bell;
Chuckles of laughter, small and blithe,
Of self-laudations tell.

Now by the battle-field he mocks
As though 'twere but a game,
Thunder with which the belfry rocks
And the great burst of flame.

Till when the merriment will pall
He turns to love again,
Calling his love-sick gurgling call
Above the dying men.

Who knows what dream the starling weaves
Of boyhood, soft and clean?
A small room under golden eaves
To which the sun looks in.

The starling's talking in the thatch,
Bidding the boy arise;
And the door's opening on the latch
To show—his mother's eyes.

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