Tie a red ribbon in her hair

Tie a red ribbon in her hair

A change of day
           a change of colour
a change of sky
           billowing white
and grey clouds
           swept along
on a brisk wind
           I see magpies
hopping onto
           the garden wall

I never saw
           an overweight magpie
nor one underfed
           I wonder how they do it
feeding and playing all day
           in their handsome uniforms

On grey days
           the air is heavier
it can weigh on the heart
           if you let it
so
           best to be active
and not sit at home
           counting the hours
until the next dawn
           Out and about
you may meet a kind soul
           with a warm heart
and a willing disposition
           and if you do so
tie a red ribbon in her hair
           to celebrate and
to let the whole world know
           that she is yours

John Lyons

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