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Made me laugh there how many legs do the feathered kind have ?

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I've heard one for almost a week, now we have the swifts diving at us. It would be nice to think it's summer with nothing to worry about

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I hear it Phil. Quite distant.  Probably the same one. Usually hear it early in the morning if I have the bedroom window open but I could hear it mid morning the other day.

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To the Cuckoo

O blithe New-comer! I have heard,
I hear thee and rejoice.
O Cuckoo! shall I call thee Bird,
Or but a wandering Voice?

While I am lying on the grass
Thy twofold shout I hear;
From hill to hill it seems to pass,
At once far off, and near.

Though babbling only to the Vale
Of sunshine and of flowers,
Thou bringest unto me a tale
Of visionary hours.

Thrice welcome, darling of the Spring!
Even yet thou art to me
No bird, but an invisible thing,
A voice, a mystery;

The same whom in my school-boy days
I listened to; that Cry
Which made me look a thousand ways
In bush, and tree, and sky.

To seek thee did I often rove
Through woods and on the green;
And thou wert still a hope, a love;
Still longed for, never seen.

And I can listen to thee yet;
Can lie upon the plain
And listen, till I do beget
That golden time again.

O blessèd Bird! the earth we pace
Again appears to be
An unsubstantial, faery place;
That is fit home for Thee!

by William Wordsworth

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Beautiful. No one writes those sort of words nowadays, more's the pity. Reading poetry like that brings you a sense of inner peace, much needed today.

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It’s the middle of May and I’ve not yet heard the first cuckoo. The sound always comes from the same direction over the fields; maybe the same bird. Do the children return to the same site?

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We’ve heard the cuckoo a couple of times here Phil. Seemed quite close. For those who don’t know I’m about a mile or so from Phil as the cuckoo flies.

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Can't say I like it, it's a bit mawkish, but at least it rhymes as a proper poem should.

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