No one knew that birds migrated,
many thought they turned to mice,
wintering under leaves and grasses,
underneath the snow and ice.
One spring day someone found a stork
that was wounded and had died
with an arrow in its body,
on a dusty German roadside.
Not from northern hunter's arrow
or from European bow
did this stork lay on the ground
with a wound that brought it low.
In the spring of 1822
scientists learned about migration
from a stork with Africa’s arrow,
advancing bird-lovers’ education.
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Copyright © Gerald Greene | Year Posted 2019