Value That Is There



If you're busy changing the one you claim to love
you could miss the plaintive coo of the Mourning Dove.
If you're seeking elsewhere your dream to satisfy
you could miss the chatter drone of the bright Magpie.
If you're branding cattle in any foreign herd
you could miss the quaver trill of the small Bluebird.
If you're chasing rainbows your ambition to fill
you could miss the nighttime song of the Whippoorwill.
If you're wooing strangers to meet a needy plight
you could miss the naming call of the game Bobwhite.
If you're donning false airs your ego to enthrall
you could miss the brilliant voice of the Cardinal.
If you're dodging ethics of the straight and narrow
you could miss the frisky chirp of the Tree Sparrow.
If you're failing to see the value that is there
you could miss the sodden beep of the seabird Murre.
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Submitted on February 05, 2010

Modified on April 19, 2023

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Scheme AABBCCDDECDFGGHG
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 811
Words 149
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 16

Wallace Dean LaBenne

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