Dancing Dust

Poems by Mollie Caird (1922-2000)

The kingfisher

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Along the shores of Galilee
No wanderer can fail to see
The shining kingfisher in flight,
His arrowy passage halcyon-bright,
Or perched on carob branch at rest
With light-reflecting snowy breast,
Sun glinting on his chestnut head
And dagger-beak all burnished red.
The Bible speaks of many things,
Of laws and wars and deaths of kings,
Of miracle and mystery
And fishers on this very sea;
And yet it never says a word
About this wonder of a bird.

The Dancing Dust and other poems, 1983