It Came With The Wind

Why were the seagulls screeching loudly?
Why were the swallows flying high?
Why were the birds that live around me
flocking towards a distant sky?

Why were the rabbits digging burrows?
Why were the beavers building dams?
Why were the animals that live around me
taking refuge below the land?

What did I hear beyond the valley?
What is that noise that travels far?
What is the force that reaches to us?
Plays on our minds, tears at our hearts.

The birds, the animals, now the people.
Hiding from the carrier wind.
A refuge sought deep in the valley.
But now the force has found our sins.

1973, October


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