bluebird perched on red birdhouse roof
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The Birds are Singing Again

They have always been ahead of the curve:
a robin at the brink of morning, a canary before crumbling
death, a dove bringing word of soft new Earth. And,
most recently, this bluebird outside my window,
letting me know that the storm is over,
it is safe to come outside.