Seasons of Life by Audrey Cofield

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The Hungarian Partridge

A thunder clap of beating wings
     Broke loose as I walked by,
Hungarian partridge spread their wings
     And fluttered to the sky.

My impromptu appearance,
     Embroiled them in deep fright,
So, in startled trepidation
     They emerged in hurried flight.

Nature cleverly endowed them
     With a bag of tricks to play,
So, they circle in maneuvers 
     Just to keep nimrods away.

I wish that laws would spare them,
     That they might never fly,
But sit and watch quiescently
     As I go strolling by.


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1963 Audrey Cofield
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