Then the Birds Came by MacGillivray
Then the Birds Came
came in flocks, in June.
Some said it was omen, others angels –
still others devils. Only the fishermen breaking bread at
dawn, saw the strange winged beings dive-plummet
for the fish and rise again.
Egret, pippin-jay, swan, swallow,
nightingales, doves, flamingo,
wrens, ravens, crows, vultures,
blue-tits, red-tits, brown-tits,
kingfishers sparrows, plovers,
gulls of all kinds;
night gulls, herring gulls,
red winged gulls,
white winged gulls,
yellow billed gulls.
Hawks; penny hawks,
. . .