Tony Walton

Rookie (4 March 1950 / London, England)

The Jackdaw's Lament

The wood in the night was castle-black, and it kept
Its moonlit secrets well:
It housed the predator who crept
Through long-limbed ramparts while the world still slept;
With neither man nor beast to ring the warning bell.

The jackdaw colony that Konrad Lorenz took
From egg to thriving flock,
And wrote about them in his book

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