The Legend of The Thorn Bird
Long ago, there was a bird who sang just once in its life.
the moment it left its nest, it searched for a thorn tree.
it never rested until it found one.
it began to sing more sweetly
any other creature on the face of the earth.
singing, it impaled its breast on the longest, sharpest thorn.
as it was dying, it rose above its own agony
out-sing the lark and the nightingale.
thorn bird pays its life for that one song
the whole world stills to listen
God, in His heaven ~smiles.
its best was bought only at the cost of great pain.
to the thorn, with no knowledge of the dying to come.
when we press the thorn to our breast,
we do it.
THE THORN BIRDS. Colleen McCullough. Great Britain. 1980.