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I'm looking for poems that are about or has part of it about the common or european swift Apus apus It can be in afrikaans, dutch, english or german.
Something like this is great too
And above humane flight dost soar aloft,
With Plume so strong, so equal, and so soft.
The Bird nam'd from that Paradise you sing
So never Flags, but alwaies keeps on Wing.

Andrew Marvell, Mr. Milton's Paradise lost
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Cerinthe

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Bascia thanks, I'm so amazed at all the input I get from everybody. The ppl on the boma work well together.

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Ceri! don't know if it's of any interest.. but it's all about Swifts.
Thanks Sheila, I am on several mailing groups about swifts, martins and swallows and the ppl from the London swifts are there too. It's very informative. If perhaps anybody here would like to join,
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Swallows-Martins-Swifts-Worldwide/
it is a serious group and you do get a lot of information.
Fani, there still isn't anybody from Greece Eye-wink

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House Martins

The House Martins
are gathering
for pre-flight
instructions,
lining up and
discussing
their ypungster's
induction;
are trained in flight
patterns
and take off and
landings
and practising tight
turns!

They squabble and chatter
all night and day
long,
"We've got to get
fatter,
soon it will be time
to be gone.
"They are planning
their route
and departure morn,
all fledglings must
be ready
to set off at dawn.

There is a long
journey ahead
over sea and land,
with many a danger
to dread
from gunfire, and
netters who stand
waiting to trap the
unwary bird,
attempting to rest
their poor tired
wings.
Over the Camargue, flying to
low
down to earth, the
trapper will bring.

The end of our
summer time
is their signal to
leave,
for a warmer sunnier
clime.
Abandoning their
nests under our
eaves,
off to the African
continent they fly.
The strong and the
fit
will make it, bye
and bye.
They are not the
kind to give up or
quit.

I will miss them
while they are
gone,
their constant
chatter at night
and their aerial
antics all day long, they are always
such a wonderful
sight.
Now I know winter
is not far away
so I look
forward once more
to next year, and
that lovely May day
when their return
heralds Spring, as before.

Jackie S. Brooks

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THE SWIFT

Flying low over the warm roof of an old barn,
Down in a flask to the water, up and way with a cry,
And a wild swoop and a swift turn
And a fever of life under a thundery sky,
So they go, so they go by.

And high and high and high in the diamond light,
They soar and they shriek in the sunlight when
heaven is bare,
With the pride of life in their strong flight
And a rapture of love to lift them, to hurtle them
there,
High and high in the diamond air.

And away with the summer, away like the spirit of glee
Flashing and calling, and strong on the wing,
and wild in their play,
With a high cry to the high sea,
And a heart for the south, a heart for the diamond
Day,
So they go over, so go away.

Ruth Pitter

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http://www.londons-swifts.org.uk/

Ceri! don't know if it's of any interest.. but it's all about Swifts.

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"Gerda" wrote:
no poems of swallows but on following link you'll find a few poems on birds migrating :

http://janhaag.com/PObirds.html

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You can guess their pattern, their flight, and, once or twice in the night, sense the splash of a songbird's spent body caught in the sea's phosphorescence.
From Gerda's link Living in a small country like belgium it's normal to be on a mailing list of a birding club at sea, while I live inland. Usually they only post their sightings lists and the occasional discussion about certain birds. One day there was a report of a birder standing on a pier, watching migrating birds, when from over the sea came a songbird. He could see how tired the bird was and it flew lower and lower all the time. With the shore only a few meters away the bird fell into the water and drowned. It was so sad that I had to cry while reading it. Thanks Gerda

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Cerinthe here are the lyrics to the song:
When The Swallows Come Back to Capistran
Ink Spots

When the swallows come back to Capistrano
That's the day you promised to come back to me
When you whispered, "Farewell", in Capistrano
Twas the day the swallow flew out to sea

All the mission bells will ring
The chapel choir will sing
The happiness you'll bring
Will live in my memory
When the swallows come back to Capistrano
That's the day I pray that you'll come back to me

All the mission bells will ring
The chapel choir will sing
The happiness you'll bring
Will live in my memory
When the swallows come back to Capistrano
That's the day I pray that you'll come back to me

From: PlNEAPPLE

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When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano .... I must try and find that song. Thanks Ingwe, just the stuff I'm looking for. Smiling
It's amazing to see how much is written about these birds. I just discovered that Nedda's song which Vicky gave me is from an opera.
I mean, whatever you are looking for, you must be able to find much written about it. It's all so easy now with the internet.

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no poems of swallows but on following link you'll find a few poems on birds migrating :

http://janhaag.com/PObirds.html

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You may already have this link about The Old Spanish Mission of San Juan Capistrano Puzzled

LOOK HERE

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