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S W A L L O W S

By Josie Whitehead

Swallows

They dip and dive in sunlit skies,

     Wings cutting through the air,

And, travelling over land and sea,

     They welcome seasons fair.

 

Gone are the days of winter’s wrath;

     Gone is the ice and snow.

The swallows summon summer’s warmth

     And pleasant breezes blow.

 

They return to places that they know –

     Somewhere that’s warm and dry –

And, with a nest with young to feed,

     They work high in the sky.

 

Through summer months they dip and dive –

     Catch insects on the wing -

And, to their hungry, waiting young,

     These tasty snacks they bring.

 

Their youngsters need to grow at speed

       For summer’s days soon go

And they must leave, when autumn comes,

     Before our winter snow. 

 

Where do they go?  To Africa,

     Or other countries warm.

They cannot cope with biting winds

     And dreadful winter storms.

 

Next year they will return again -

      They travel many miles -

And swallows mean that summer’s here

       So that brings many smiles.   

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