A deep chesty call echoes
far into the blackness of the night
an outburst of wild defiant sorrow
contempt for all the adversities of this world

Unable to decipher the hidden meaning
it tingles in the spine of all who hear it
it is implicit in a hundred small events
only the uninitiated can fail to sense its presence

A secret opinion elbowed its way down a turbulent river
her breast awash in whitewater
a green fierce fire was dying in her eyes
we all strive for safety, prosperity, comfort, and long life

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