Seasons of Life by Audrey Cofield

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The Ringneck Pheasant

A shimmering play of colors
     Rend the cool, crisp autumn air,
As I slipped upon a pheasant
     And caught him unaware.

A brilliant, ringneck, motely bird
     He flew with pennate grace,
To leave our copious field of corn
     And find a safer place.

Expeditious dogs and relentless men
     Have filled his life with woe,
I had no malice in my heart
     But how was he to know?

I lionized his going
     As he vanished from my sight,
To annihilate this pulchritude,
     Would make the world less bright! 


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1963 Audrey Cofield
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