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Poetry by Robert Stone: Wings, a sonnet

- a sonnet for doing today today's work
To leave and to return is work of wings
that nurture, oversee, and note our growth,
that lead the good and lure afar the slings,
that balance chances high and lesser both.

To stay nearby protecting wings will dare
the harm to self that fortune blind may bring,
the hidden threat that hunters set in snare,
the open choice that nature's pipers sing.

To soar at last post fledgling wings are spread
that seek the wider world new life to grow,
that strive to do the things on inner thread,
that stretch at last to meet death's final blow.

No chance will come to teach a second time
the needed guide to wing away and climb.

- Robert Stone, 20 February 2011
The next earlier Robert Stone poem:How many hows. A sonnet for Valentine's Day

This story was posted on 2011-02-20 13:31:18
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