The Bird of Love Strikes

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The Bird of Love Strikes

By Mary and Denis Walsh

The bird of love knows you are ready

It perches near the place where the wind drifts and watches

It does not wait for hearts and flowers or a starry night full of jasmine scents

Or a beach with gently lapping waves and a full moon to strike

The bird of love knows you are ready

The bird of love is patient, it waits for that glance, that look, the meeting of souls

And then it strikes to the heart

It makes the world shift on its axis, a tremor in the universe, embroidering a thread

that goes from soul to soul and joins you together

The bird of love knows you are ready

It knows that it can strike at the oddest moments

It can smoulder softly or burn with a passionate flame

It can be quiet or burst like the crash of cymbals

The bird of love knows you are ready, and so it strikes

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