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Poem by John Clare


Autumn Birds


The wild duck startles like a sudden thought,
And heron slow as if it might be caught.
The flopping crows on weary wings go by
And grey beard jackdaws noising as they fly.
The crowds of starnels whizz and hurry by,
And darken like a clod the evening sky.
The larks like thunder rise and suthy round,
Then drop and nestle in the stubble ground.
The wild swan hurries hight and noises loud
With white neck peering to the evening clowd.
The weary rooks to distant woods are gone.
With lengths of tail the magpie winnows on
To neighbouring tree, and leaves the distant crow
While small birds nestle in the edge below. 



John Clare

Poem Theme: Autumn

John Clare's other poems:
  1. Language Has Not the Power to Speak What Love Indites
  2. Wood Rides
  3. Nobody Cometh to Woo
  4. Written in Northampton County Asylum
  5. The Gipsy's Camp


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