The Red-Winged Blackbird

By Maude Gue Goodrich

Over where the bog is greening
And the willow waves her bloom,
There in bridal black quite proper
Does he love to preen and plume;
Breath of new green things is drifting,
O’er the sedges with the breeze,
Mingled with his love-song ringing,
Voicing liquid notes like these:
Conk-err-lee-e! Conk-err-lee-e!
Sweetheart see, sweetheart see!
The world was made
For you and me!
Dignified beside the water
Walks he as a landed squire;
Spreads his wings and ruffs his feathers,
Smooths his shoulder caps of fire;
Then the blue sky bending over,
Or the hint of green on hill,
Fills his lover-heart with rapture
And again we hear him thrill:
Conk-err-lee-e! Conk-err-lee-e!
Sweetheart see, sweetheart see!
The world was made
For you and me!

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