Collapsing Birds

Beneath shadows Of Spring Mountains The rain dove arcs Across a barren sky, Its trembling shadow Rolling listlessly Above abandoned towns Of silver and gold, Whose former occupants Drift aimlessly, Tracing invisible contrails With covetous, translucent fingertips.   Sinking in these sandy seas The rain dove plummets Beneath the waves; …

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A Scavenging Song

Sea air shimmers in the evening haze; The gentle rays from a setting sun Reflect the remnants of the passing storm, Cascading skywards in prismic hues to Dry the feathers of the Eastern Meadowlarks That drowsily skim the ocean’s skin. Beneath translucent, foaming waves Shapes begin to dance, unseen; Their …

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Swallowed by the Sea

Sailing swiftly along the salted seashore, Your whiteish throat flanks brown streaks That accentuate comedic orange brows. Amongst saline marshes and sunken reeds You build your nests in tall grasses, Limited by any stable support to protect Our token gesture of ‘high concern’; Your whispery, wheezy song a knowing nod …

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The Curious Case of the Cassowary Casque

An incendiary flash of colour – Your violent hues scatter the scrub; We watch as you forage for food, Using your casque like a fork.   Reptilian eyes stare unblinkingly, Your tridactyl feet conceal a blade; We watch as you secure your stance, Using your casque like a sword.   …

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Learning to Listen

As weathers change the birds migrate, Flocking en masse like living freight; They have decanted overseas, The notes of birdsong on the breeze.   In mapping out when this takes place, We listen for a vocal trace; And sift through sounds with expertise, The notes of birdsong on the breeze. …

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A Fractured Song

Beneath the rock lies liquid gold, With pressures set and bills to fold; But prospectors should be aware, Removal must be done with care.   As well as housing lush greenbacks, These biomes mask a hidden tax; For all the songbirds living there, Removal must be done with care.   …

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A History of Soot Preserved in Feathers

When gliding through our old and rusty skies, You filtered out the wheezing, blackened air; A century of progress built on lies, Now captured in the feathered down you wear. The smut and ash th­­­at billowed from our hearth, Concealed the dirty secrets of our past; So, when you flew …

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The Selflessness of Magpies

A selfish streak of silver in their heart, These scavengers are thieves without a band; In altruistic goals they play no part, An archipelago with just one land. But species that are blessed with sapphire wings, Have turned these ‘known’ conventions on their head; They do not care so much …

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Forbidden Dreams

You cast off with a heavy heart, A flash of bloodshot as you leap; And even though this is the start, The ocean waves call you to sleep.   Between two hemispheres of blue, You search for scraps of food to eat; A desolate and naval view, The ocean waves …

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