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May 21, 2006

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Reversal of Fortune

By Juliana Harris


We live in town now


A friend asks

Don't you miss your house?

But it's not the house I miss


I miss the shriek and swoop of gulls

And the triumphant rise of an osprey

Silvery prey gripped in its yellow talons


I miss the row of snowy egrets

Forming a one-legged chorus line in the marsh

While a great blue heron searches for a favorite rock


I miss the winter sunset

Glowing peachy gold and frigid blue

Above the black lace of barren trees


I miss the bleak grandeur of a night sky

Bedizened with stars and graced by an occasional comet

But :


We live in town now.

Juliana Harris lives in Kansas City, Mo.

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