On a d Singing in Its Sleep

A bird half wakened in the lunar noon Sang half way through its little inborn tune. Partly because it sang but once all night And that from no especial bush's height; Partly because it sang ventriloquist And had the inspiration to desist Almost before the prick of hostile ears, It ventured less in peril than appears. It could not have come down to us so far Through the interstices of things ajar On the long bead chain of repeated birth To be a bird while we are men on earth If singing out of sleep and dream that way Had made it much more easily a prey.

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