. Melodious Curlew Melodious curlew mottled brown and bister, No longer raise your crescent-shapen beak Towards the waning moon, to which you shriek That harmony which haunts the twilight’s glister; Your love, though flown afar since last you kissed her Beneath the heathy hills along the creek, Has parted on migration’s path to seek A clime more suitable to you, her mister; So cease your sighs, and fly with outspread feather Against the autumn gusts, until you soar Above that barren, leafy-bedded floor, Where she awaits your warmth ‘midst cooling weather; And leave it to my flightless self alone To cry the curlew’s melancholic moan. . . Daniel Joseph Howard studied law in his native Ireland before taking his MA in philosophy at King’s College London. After working in the European Commission, he is now pursuing a PhD in Philosophy at Boston College.