Today's poem is by Louise Mathias
Agapornis Personata (Masked Love Birds)
It's their use of color that gets me: languid
& brazen, when they should be shy.
Why is the tip of green so desperately shocking?
Filament wings, in all their jaunty
dare . . . I asked the man what he wanted for the pair.
I want that they continue, he said. & you name
them yin & yang. & this one here, so sherbet
& tender, as if bleached poppies could up & fly.
In their distinctive chatter, odd endearments:
Petal Wing, let me map your town
of downy kisses. Sugar-beak, pack up your weekend
bag of blue joy.
Copyright © 2004 Louise Mathias All rights reserved
from Lark Apprentice
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