Birds flying at sunset ‘Across the Red Sky’ By Katherine Mansfield (1888 – 1923)

Across the red sky two birds flying,

Flying with drooping wings.

Silent and solitary their ominous flight.

All day the triumphant sun with yellow banners

Warred and warred with the earth, and when she yielded

Stabbed her heart, gathered her blood in a chalice,

Spilling it over the evening sky.

When the dark plumaged birds go flying, flying,

Quiet lies the earth wrapt in her mournful shadow,

Her sightless eyes turned to the red sky

And the restlessly seeking birds.

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