Condor


How flawless and unvarying his candor
Over the wide, over the high Andes
The great condor

So infinitely far from all dissembling.
Is there a doubt? He dares, he dares the sun
To watch him

And the sun watches. Watches, watches the condor
Over the wide, over the high Andes
With equal candor.


Robert Francis, Robert Francis: Collected Poems, 1936-1976, University of Massachusetts Press, 1985.