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foot·ling

(fut'ling),
A fetal foot, particularly one that descends into the birth canal in an incomplete breech presentation.
[foot, fr. A. S. fot, + -ling, dim. suffix]

foot·ling

(fut'ling)
A fetal foot, particularly one that descends into the birth canal in an incomplete breech presentation.
[foot, fr. A. S. fot, + -ling, dim. suffix]
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Like the warbler who footles through light leaves, the warbler of this music footles through chiming language sounds, whether alliterative-from "following" to "felt," through "futile" and "false," so that "failed" feels inevitable from the second line's "trail"--or assonant--"so-called / calling" to the "falls," through which something "smaller" is heard: the rhyme on "aura" toward which the first five lines seem to have been leading.