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                                                           A Young Girl's Afternoon

Square of the Virgin, Valencia Spain     Imagry by J. MIlls 2001                    


Pigeons in their color vary:
Some are black,
some are gray,
with glossy green and purple
round their necks,
a few light brown
creamy white
with brown speckles,
fewer still all white.

When they walk,
their heads bob to and fro.
Their pee wee eyes,
red or yellow,
shine like glassy beads.
They love to come together
and be a friendly flock.

With bellies filled,
the birds, contented,
rise into the air,
then take off flying
high above the earth,
circling and recircling,
circling and recircling,
soaring through the sunlit air.

Finally descending,
swooping low,
their black shadows
move swiftly
o'er the land below,
until at last,
they flutter to a landing,
on their roost
ground below.

Lively spirits,
drinkers of high air,
I fly with them
through the air.


                                                           Virgil Gelormino  1998           Dayton, Ohio

                             Mr. Gelormino has published works in English, Spanish and Italian.   We extend many thanks to him for sharing this lovely piece. 



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