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The same small bird,
a chickadee, glides
a winter snow as easily
through the Ukrainian
state of siege as does
his sister in Vermont.
Snow, the same white.
The sky, blue also with
clouds. Starred by night,
thousands and thousands
of nights.  Millions.

And one small bird
smack in the middle.
I will pledge him,
I will pledge her,

my allegiance.