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Swallows Returning

Les Murray

Manoeuvre and zip
make a trio of two
swallows just returning
from winterless New Guinea

and now fetching clay
to plaster a cradle
under verandah beams
and nipping the odd spider –

swallows, now tremulous,
now whipping over glass.

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