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Ancient Wisdom every new!
behold, your creature feeling blue,
Depressed, disheartened, cheerless, down,
With somber eyes and joyless frown.

I'm born to fly and levitate
While in my arms I hold my mate,
She loves to soar adnd dive and race
For miles and miles in my embrace.

Instead, a gloom pervades my heart,
My energies refuse to start,
And why?  No reason: just the weight
Of life and death and pain and fate.

Great God of life, your way is best,
I know at heart my life is blessed,
So I'll endure this night of gloom
Till morning flower start to bloom.

Meantime I'll keep faith undefiled
And hope - because I'm Wisdom's child -
For all the joy and inner glow
That flying dragons ought to know.

from the forthcoming book Prayers of 100 Animals A to Z, by William Cleary



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