Rainbow Lorikeet

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Darwin outrageously suggests

that every flower has a bird

whose beak by nature gently turn’t

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Comforted by the black and white

Of inked nature, new Earthen math

A how-to guide of what and why

the birds and bees and flowers laugh

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Pity the man who pens his tests,

quells curiousity’s unrest

not because he is wrong or right

but Lorikeets, they mate for life

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Yes, Lorikeets, they mate for life!

Now drag an answer from your beard

as to why two birds now appear

to pour pestilence in my chest

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I ought have been born rainbow winged

and laughing I’d pick off the worms

with mottled feathers by my side

my other, rolling Jekyll bird

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A wiser man would just relax

in proud malignant belt-notches

but birds like me we do not wear

old partnered tallies, Love’s botched jobs.