1. Robin Song

From the recording Robin Song

True story - I was recovering from surgery - one of the first times I had been out and I saw this lovely flock of robins - never saw them congregating before - never have since.


Driving home one afternoon this is what I saw
A meeting of the robins down at Sulphur Draw
Accidentally saw them when I turned my head
Milling about in their vests of red
            They numbered about twenty-five
            Never saw that many together
            They don’t fit the flocking paradigm
            Regarding birds of a feather
Shuffling around like wallflowers at a dance in junior high
None of them looking at the other; All quite nervous and shy
And I am quite captivated, so I pull over to the side
It was all very solemn, there was no hobnobbing
Who called this meeting of 25 robins?
Maybe the elders are taking a turn
Showing the youngins how to catch a worm
Maybe they’re officially declaring the opening of spring
It’s all elemental, not coincidental
On the morning thereafter I heard one sing
I’m just telling you what I saw
A meeting of the robins down at Sulphur Draw