Bitonal bird sits on a fence

preens sleek black and white feathers

Magpie chorus heralds

the close of the day

sun going down and

the changing of the guard

Day shift of birds

and all the sunlight creatures

return to their nests

while the night dwellers emerge

Possums get restive

run across the roof tops

Flying foxes are ready to glide

and forage among the fruit trees

But people keep moving day and night

loud and long we sing our song

Far too smart to pay attention

to the natural rhythm of things

Maybe we should stop and listen

when the magpie sings to the setting sun

and remember all things need to rest.

Below is an audio recording of an Australian magpie song.

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