Startled star-flecked starlings flock;

sky-fish, shoal-fleet, feathered-school.

They swivel and swoop, swerve and swirl;

a seesaw sea-soar.

Frolicsome frenzy, a fanciful feat

flurry and flutter, flirt and flit.

A firmament-fin,

a seraphic-shark,

sing songs, shrill shanties;

a saturating symphony.


the sun falters,

the swell founders,

the form scatters

and the spell folds.


(c) Susannah Underwood 2018


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