The Lowing of the Heart

The lowing of the heart in deepest night

The chirping of the heart while others sleep, from leafy height

The bleating of the heart on hills, on rolling plains

The barking of the heart near gardens, tips and drains, beyond the gate

The howling of the heart at hunt – alone – a pair – in group

The hooting of the heart on watch, in flight, at swoop – too late!

The rustle of the heart in hollow walls and chimney grates

The shrieking of the heart in show of might, enthralling mates

The roaring of the heart in chase – in pride or greatest fright

Anything lighter, wilder, louder

Than the silent part

of the heart that waits.

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