than the fresh eggs
you bring us so regularly.
Yes, you, young as I,
with boney brows,
kind grey eyes and a kind mouth;
you walking out toward me
from that dead hillside!
I might well see you oftener.
My townspeople, beyond in the great
are many with whom it were far more
profitable for me to live than here with
These whirr about me calling, calling!
and for my own part I answer them,
loud as I can,
but they, being free, pass!
I remain! Therefore, listen!
For you will not soon have another
First I say this: you have seen
the strange birds, have you not, that
rest upon our river in winter?