Barn Swallows

First they sat there
like cherubs
fat dumplings
with useless wings.
Then
they grew
and jostled each other
for food and attention.
One nearly lost his balance once
and stretched his wings out
like a tent, or sail.
In this way he caught
his balance,
buoyed by air.
This was the first step:
knowledge of wings
and flights and journeys to come

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