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  • Gary Hunter

The Glee Club - Dec. 1, 2022

our sweetest birdsong

usually comes from finches

orioles and western bluebirds

arriving from the rapidly

chilling north


on a quiet walk you can hear

the rich syrup of their songs

local birds seem to lack


hot dusty desert summers

a trial of life and death

every breath cherished

moisture conserved

rehearsals and training

few and far between


except for the mockingbird


he’s a whole choir

an early morning glee club

a late-night battle-of-the-bands


with music that makes

all these visiting soloists

cover their ears


because it’s that good

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