White Birds


Why are some birds so white?

Surely not to be seen in the night.

Silhouetted against the blue sky,

Or in lush green vegetation, to catch the eye.


Nature made all creatures, large and small,

Blend with their surroundings, summer and fall,

For their own safety; why white, at all?


Only in the snow of winter, are white feathers of use.

Hence the snowy owl and snow goose.


But what of the swan, egret, ibis, and dove?

What purpose do they have?


It must be for the poet's pen, and peace, and love.

Copyright 1997 © Ronald W. Hull




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