Preparation

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Preparation
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
In the 1913 collection of his work, The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

                 PREPARATION

The little bird sits in the nest and sings
  A shy, soft song to the morning light;
And it flutters a little and prunes its wings.
  The song is halting and poor and brief,
  And the fluttering wings scarce stir a leaf;
But the note is a prelude to sweeter things,
  And the busy bill and the flutter slight
  Are proving the wings for a bolder flight!

This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.