At the Gates of Dawn we stood and listened
To the piping song which filled our hearts
And souls with joy.
Why do they sing so?
At the Gates of Dawn we filled our lungs
And shouted out to the whole world
To announce the day.
Why do they listen so?
To survive we need to attract a mate,
Defend our space, alert a danger
Of a stranger.
That’s why we sing so.
In this world of greed we have a need
To feed on good things, calm things,
That’s why we listen so.
By Jude, inspired by our recent Dawn Chorus walk.