Flawless Sparkles











By Ian McMillan

Wings wider than a story

Wings moving like a song

Albatross, in all her glory,

Speeds along…

The giant white bird of the Southern Seas

The bird of the sailor's dreams

Swooping over crashing waves taller than trees

Is more, much more than it seems:

There's a kind of magic in the distance it flies

Without seeming to move at all.

Silently zooming through the wide, wide skies;

Majestic rise and fall.

The giant white bird glides on the air

Across the map of the world;

From behind a cloud it's suddenly there

With the map of its wings unfurled!

Wings wider than a story
Wings moving like a song

Albatross in all her glory,

Speeds along…

See them over the water

Like boats in a harbour

Pecking at fish

The nets have left behind.

Hear them on an island

Too small to be counted,

Thousands of them, nesting

Close enough for comfort.

See them growing older;

Spending years as a glider

Lifted by the wind's hand

And held in the sky.

Hear the albie calling

Sounding like the rasping

Of and old saw on metal

That's rusting away…

Wings wider than a story

Wings moving like a song

Albatross, in all her glory,

Speeds along…

The spaces they cover are truly immense:

Round the world in two-thirds of a year

Which can't really happen, which wouldn't make sense,

But the albatross does it, that's clear!

Maybe that's why it's seen as a mythical bird;

It can do things a bird shouldn't do

Maybe that's why its name is a magical word

Albatross rising up to the blue!

And maybe it's time that the world stopped and stared

At this bird; it just might soon be gone.

The numbers are shrinking, I'm really scared

Of the day when we're left with just one…

Wings wider than a story

The last albatross speeds silently across the ocean

Wings moving lke a song

Like the last star in the sky

Albatross, in all her glory

And the story might be over

Speeds along

And the song might say Goodbye…

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