Birds Fly South

from by Jeff Zentner



birds fly south in autumn
to escape the cold

they fly among the grey clouds
that hide the fallen world below

one day i was feeling fallen
and like november inside

i stood and watched the grey november sky
for some heavenly sign

then on the horizon
i saw flecks of black appear

birds flying in formation
to someplace far from here

they passed overhead
wingbeats loud in the still air

i watched them fade into the distance
and slowly disappear

i stood there for a long time
afraid to even breathe

there are things older than sorrow
ancient rhythms of this world

the soil has no memory
neither does the air

wingbeats sound for a time
then they also disappear


from A Season Lost, track released July 24, 2012
Elin Palmer- violin, vocals



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