A great deal of anecdotal evidence suggests that we respond positively to birdsong.’
– Scientific researcher quoted in The Daily Telegraph 8.2.2012

Centuries of English verse
Suggest the selfsame thing:
A negative response is rare
When birds are heard to sing.

What’s the use of poetry?
You ask. Well, here’s a start:
It’s anecdotal evidence
About the human heart.

Uncollected poem, Wendy Cope 2016, used by permission of the author

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