Healing Poems 399

Long-billed Curlew (Numenius longirostris)

Would it help to know that God
is no relation etymologically
to good?

But closer to pour, to cast,
to funnel?

Dark above,
paler below:

the wing linings visible
in flight.

Closer to the name
invoked, the call
loud and musical, ascending.

~ Eleanor Stanford

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