Herb Martin reading the poem Preparation by Paul Laurence Dunbar
THE little bird sits in the nest and sings
A shy, soft song to the morning light;
And it flutters a little and prunes its wings.
The song is halting and poor and brief,
And the fluttering wings scarce stir a leaf;
But the note is a prelude to sweeter things,
And the busy bill and the flutter slight
Are proving the wings for a bolder flight!
Martin, Herbert Woodward, "Preparation" (2014). English Faculty Performances. 32.