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The Language of Doves

Love Song I

Love Song I

Wind whispers
starlings flutter
buds unfurl

a pair of mourning doves
land with soft thuds
beside her

their throaty, rhythmic coos
reminding her
of his resonant voice.



Author’s Bio:

Arlene L. Mandell, a retired English professor from New Jersey, is delighted to have the time and space to write.   Her work has appeared in more than 300 publications, including Good Housekeeping, The New York Times and Tiny Lights and in 17 anthologies.  She recently published a free echapbook: Scenes from My Life on Hemlock Street: A Brooklyn Memoir at

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