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Dear Julie,
A wonderful ode.  Thank you.
Jean, in  CA now, but Hartland for summers

> A Birders Ode
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> Gather round my little treasures, feathered gems gleaming in the sky.
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> We birders cherish each of you and aspire to tell you why.
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> For each of you, and all your kin, from places far and wide,
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> Are our relaxation, our “raison d’etre”, our passion, and our pride.
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> Your countenance, it thrills us, sheer brilliance to behold,
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> Fanciful feathering donning rubies, indigos, and golds.
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> Decked and dapper, precisely preened, iridescent in the sun,
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> You serve as candy to our eyes, handsomeness never quite outdone.
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> You grace us with your music, melodic food for our weary souls.
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> Each song a welcome harmony that succeeds to make us whole.
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> We marvel at your multitudes, find fancy in your legions.
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> We scan the skies to watch you gather and move us through the seasons.
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> When autumn comes and you head south, you leave us in despair.
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> We plan vacations to follow your path with hopes to find you there.
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> And in the spring, when you return, our blues subside and melt,
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> And our smiles broaden with each new find – true jubilance is felt.
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> You fill us all with wonder, raise questions in our minds,
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> You amaze us, yet confound us, and surprise us all the time.
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> We awe at your existence despite the grave dangers you face,
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> Making your majestic migrations or just moving from place to place.
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> We see you soar at such great heights, playful in currents that you love,
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> And we dream to be graceful birds like you, gazing down from high above.
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> We live to count you, and to list you, and to look you up in books.
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> We patiently wait for hours and days just to get “great looks”.
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> Whether you’re familiar at the feeder, or strange and out of range,
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> We’re at peace to just behold you, a love that will never change.
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> We call ourselves “birders” and “birding” is what we do,
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> But you are the root of the word and the love, and it’s you we’re indebted 
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