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Birdsong The natural soundtrack to my silent retreat Making me smile on hearing it in the morning And in the evening preparing me for sleep

Birdsong Reminding me to pause in the middle of writing Asking me to look up and out at where the sound is coming from

Birdsong Wanting me to stop as I am taking a walk So many different birds calling me with their song And each one helping me with my silent thoughts

Birdsong So clear and pure Helping me through my healing

Birdsong I thank you with all my heart and soul For bringing me home to me With your beautiful call for stillness As my breath and your song become one.

Alison Laycock 2022

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