A squirrel on the cold brown grass
Defeats the loutish and the crass.
A sparrow on the bare black tree
Makes boor and braggart bend the knee.
A cardinal darting through the hedge
Sends solemn hearts over the edge.
A puppy on a supple tether
Brings bright flowers in winter weather.
A kitten at its playful frisk
Leads timid souls to take a risk.
An eagle on the tall lamppost
Silences every blustering boast.
A crow that pecks in a lonely field
Compels the pushy oaf to yield.
A pigeon waddling in a puddle
Dispels all doubt, clears up the muddle.
A snail inside its wee shell curled
Brings light to a self-darkened world.
A duckling bathing in the brook
Asks hasty eyes to stop and look.