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The Wing Bone of a Crane
in China have found what is believed to be the world's oldest still-playable musical
instrumenta 9,OOO-year-old flute carved from the wing bone of a crane.
Maybe the crane offered
up its bone
Maybe the crane bowed
Or, maybe a court musician
beating the red
Isn't it possible the drummer
Isn't it possible the cranes,
male and female, committed
Or, maybe then, as now,
killing those who fly
Suppose the wing bone was
Note: The flute can be heard online at BBC News.
Printed in the Spring/Summer 2002 issue of CLR
Susan Erickson lives in the City of Subdued Excitement, Bellingham, Washington. Her work has appeared in Bellowing Ark, Switched-on Gutenberg, Ravens Chronicles and The Lyric. She has watched cranes across the United States and has viewed the crane described in her poem, the Red-Crowned Crane (Grus japonensis), in captivity.
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