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The Magpie

Wednesday, 15 May 2024  | Chris Marshall


The magpie trills a joyful refrain,

A song of Australia it is,

Wild and whispered; gentle and free.


Sing, majestic bird for us all,

Sing on, pied brother, warble your reedy song.

Wean our souls from grievance and division.

Not idle notes this Sabbath,

But the music of hope,

Sweet anointing.


(with a nod to Walt Whitman)


Chris Marshall lives in Melbourne and worships with Aboriginal Christians.


Image credit: Australian Magpie by pen_ash on Pixabay. This is a cropped version of the original.

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