What if the Birds
What if the birds could
1. What if the Owl could grin,
the Swallow grunt and the Pelican have a chin?
The Hawk shower and Egret mount a watch-tower
and the Seagull act as though it was a Sunflower?
2. What if the Ostrich could learn to fly
and the Parrot teach the Griffin how to cry?
What if the Osprey could make your ears tingle,
and the Kite and Chicken learn to mingle?
3. What if the Vulture could stop eating carrion,
and chase little animals like the Falcon?
And the Goldfinch fly higher than the Eagle,
and the Buzzard sing something terrible?
4. Who knows what would have happened
had the Peacock learnt to be maddened
by the fact that it could never fly
and worst of all, not knowing the reason why?
5. They exist, one and all;
each finding its place, its duty, its call.
Why can't we learn to live in harmony and peace -
each in our own place, pursuing beauty, pursuing eternal bliss?