16 April 2014
When these birds move their wings in flight,
their strokes are slow, moderate and regular,
and even when at a considerable distance
or high above us, we plainly hear the quill-feathers,
their shafts and webs upon one another,
creak as the joints or
working of a vessel in a tempestuous sea.
We had this fowl dressed for supper
and it made excellent soup;
nevertheless as long as I can get any other
necessary food I shall prefer his
seraphic music in the ethereal skies.
William Bartram, in Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws. Spelling modernised. Submitted by Dawn Corrigan.