Grallina cyanoleuca  

Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)
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© Larry Dunis 2009
Brisbane, QLD (Jan, 2009)

The Magpie Lark

BY lagoons and reedy places,
Where the little river races,
By the lips of dreaming pools
Where the soothing water cools
Many a verdant slope and hollow,
Here my blithesome way I follow.
Anywhere that waters glisten
Pause a little while and listen.
You will hear my plaintive note
O'er the placid mirror float--
Tho' nought know I of plaint or fret:
"Pierrot! Pierrette! Pierrot! Pierrette!"

Pierrot am I, light-hearted fellow,
Be the day morose or mellow;
And Pierrette, my dainty wife,
Adopts a like gay view of life;
We dance; we dance amid the sedges,
Dance by duplicated edges
Of the peaceful little ponds;
Now I bow, and she responds;
And then we dance together there,
Rise aloft, and dance on air;
Rising, falling, calling yet:
"Pierrot! Pierrette! Pierrot! Pierrette!"

Thistledown was ne'er so light
As our dainty, dancing flight;
Gay pied pipers, trim and neat,
Joy is in our wings, our feet;
Grace is in our every pose ...
We dance, we dance till, at day's close,
When the pool's dark mirrors limn
Twilit glory at the brim--
Trees and opalescent sky--
We dance away; and as we fly
Our call comes faint and fainter yet:
"Pierrot! Pierrette! ... Pierrot! . . ."

The Magpie Lark
by C J Dennis (1876-1938)
The Singing Garden (1935) p.121.

Male Magpie-lark.

Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)

Male Magpie-lark

Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)

Magpie-lark with chicks

Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)

Magpie-lark keeping her chicks dry and warm

Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)

Male Magpie-lark in full voice

Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)


Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)

Magpie-lark (male)