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THE CRANES OF IBYCUS - From The Sibyl, by David Austin

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THE CRANES OF IBYCUS - From The Sibyl, by David Austin

Ibycus was on his way to a music festival when he was set upon by robbers. While dying a wave of cranes flew over. Ibycus implored the cranes to avenge him. The robbers, with their spoils attended the music festival. There were thousands in attendance. Mid way through a choir performance, a flock of cranes flew over the stadium. The robbers, recalling Ibycus' dying words, panicked and were arrested

THE CRANES OF IBYCUS

“Look!    Look, comrade,
There, yonder flow
The cranes of Ibycus!”

Above the stadium,
In perfect row,
The cranes of Ibycus,

Above the Fury’s chorus,
In dissonance, crow,
The cranes of Ibycus!

Above the bedlam crowd
Their numbers grow,
The cranes of Ibycus!

Above the hoard of voices,
Become now low,
The cranes of Ibycus.

Above the perfect silence,
Flying slow,
The cranes of Ibycus.

Above ten thousand heads
Which lowly bow,
The cranes of Ibycus.

Beyond the tiers and fading
In the distant glow,
The cranes of Ibycus

Dave Austin
a la W.H. Auden


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  1. Date: 8/7/2012 12:34:00 PM
    Auden is one of my favorite writers. Not positive if you are male or female...as you autograph this one differently. Nice use of repetition here. -Dean

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 8/7/2012 6:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I too, sir...I, too
    austin Avatar daver austin
    Date: 8/7/2012 12:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    What? Daver is supposed to be feminine? Never thought about it. I am very old, but still have a pair, thank you. daver
  1. Date: 8/3/2012 12:03:00 PM
    Had to look this one up in the mythology guide, Daver!:) The cranes were unable to save the poet from the murderous robbers, but they were apprehended on the sighting of "The cranes of Ibycus". A profound piece, Daver! Best wishes to you and yours! Love, Mikki