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PROLOGUE
The Locusts on Migration
Migration: Page Two
Migration: Page Three
Migration: Page Four
The Poet's Introduction
Intro: Page Two
Intro: Page Three
Intro: Page Four
Intro: Page Five
Intro: Page Six
Intro: Page Seven
Intro: Page Eight
Intro: Page Nine
Intro: Page Ten
Intro: Page Eleven
Intro: Page Twelve
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The Bison's Tale
Bison: Page Two
Bison: Page Three
Bison: Page Four
The Serpent's Tale
Serpent: Page Two
Serpent: Page Three
Serpent: Page Four
Serpent: Page Five
The Salmon's Tale
Salmon: Page Two
Salmon: Page Three
A Whale of a Tale
Whale: Page Two
Whale: Page Three
Whale: Page Four
Whale: Page Five
Whale: Page Six
Whale: Page Seven
Whale: Page Eight
Whale: Page Nine
The Hummingbird's Tale
Hummingbird: Page Two
Hummingbird: Page Three
Hummingbird: Page Four
Hummingbird: Page Five
Hummingbird: Page Six
The Tern's Tale
Tern: Page Two
Tern: Page Three
Tern: Page Four
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The Cricketary Tales of Jeffrey Jawser

There was a bird with us whose long sojourn
No creature could better: I mean the tern.

Drawing by Elizabeth Anne Schreiber

Of all animals on earth only she
Encompassed the planet. Over the sea
She flew eight months non-stop and then some,
Never falling prey to dull dry tedium.
Alone she flew - a soaring solo flight
From blinding ice-bound North to South snow-white:
Pole to shining pole! She never saw night
But lived her whole life through in broad daylight.
Twenty-five thousand miles a year she flew,
High in dazzling skies of brilliant blue,
Not condescending in her self-conceit
To decline lofty heights except to eat.
Then she would plunge into sea with a splash,
And with a mouthful of fish and such hash
She would shriek with joy. Then with jeers and smiles,
Off again: another three thousand miles.

Yes, she had her cake and could eat it too,
For after motherly duties she flew
From cold north nesting grounds to warmer clime.
She wintered in the south: a life sublime.
Always she wore gray, her mouth a blood red,
And never removed a black cap from her head.
Her name, we learned, was Stella Paradize.

Stella Paradize