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The chickadee is all about truth.The finch is a token. The albatrossis always an omen. The kestrel is mental,the lark is luck, the grouse is dance,the goose is quest. The need for speedis given the peregrine, and the dove’sbeen blessed with the feminine.

The quail is word and culpability.The crane is the dean of poetry.The swift is keen agility,the waxwing mere civility,the sparrow a nod to working class

nobility. The puffin’s the brotherof humor and prayer, the starling the studentof Baudelaire. The mockingbirdis the sound of redress, the grackle the fatherof excess. The flicker is rhythm,

the ostrich is earth, the bluebird a simplesymbol of mirth. The orioleis the fresh start. The magpie is princeof the dark arts. The swallow is warmth,home, protection—the vulture the priest

of purification, the heron a fontof self-reflection. The swisher belongsto the faery realm. Resourcefulnessis the cactus wren. The pheasant is sex,the chicken is egg, the eagle is free, [End Page 538]

the canary the bringer of ecstasy.The martin is peace. The stork is release.The swan is the patron of grace and discretion.The loon is the watery voice of the moon.The owl’s the keeper of secrets, grief,and fresh fallen snow, and the crow

has the bones of the ancestral soul. [End Page 539]

Wendy Videlock

WENDY VIDELOCK lives in western Colorado. Her books are available from Able Muse Press.



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