Thomas Hardy: The Robin



When up aloft
I fly and fly,
I see in pools
The shining sky,
And a happy bird
Am I, am I!


When I descend
Toward the brink
I stand and look
And stop and drink
And bathe my wings,
And chink, and prink.


When winter frost
Makes earth as steel,
I search and search
But find no meal,
And most unhappy
Then I feel.


But when it lasts,
And snows still fall,
I get to feel
No grief at all
For I turn to a cold, stiff
Feathery ball!

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