William Alexander Percy

(1885-1942 / United States)

Overtones - Poem by William Alexander Percy

I heard a bird at break of day
   Sing from the autumn trees
A song so mystical and calm,
   So full of certainties,
No man, I think, could listen long
   Except upon his knees.
Yet this was but a simple bird,
   Alone, among dead trees.


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003



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