l u n a b y s s

The Legend of The Thorn Bird

Thornbird

Long ago, there was a bird who sang just once in its life.

From
the moment it left its nest, it searched for a thorn tree.

and
it never rested until it found one.

Then
it began to sing more sweetly

than
any other creature on the face of the earth.

And
singing, it impaled its breast on the longest, sharpest thorn.

But
as it was dying, it rose above its own agony

to
out-sing the lark and the nightingale.

The
thorn bird pays its life for that one song

and
the whole world stills to listen

and
God, in His heaven ~smiles.

As
its best was bought only at the cost of great pain.

Driven
to the thorn, with no knowledge of the dying to come.

But
when we press the thorn to our breast,

We
know……..

We
understand…..

And
still……

we do it.

Source:
THE THORN BIRDS. Colleen McCullough. Great Britain. 1980.

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