State Bird of Kansas


by George Paris

    • intent on being


    • heard in spite of wind,


    • rises from modest nest


    • singing the prairie dry.


    • Unaware of election


    • to avian poet laureate,


    • makes allegro music,


    • few notes floating


    • in tangled air


    • disappearing in oblivion.


    • The lark composes


    • meadow sweetness


    • in counterpoint to


    • rattlesnake percussion


    • singing musical reprise


    • in buffalo grass


    and tumble weed.
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