Poems for People (birds) Who Care – no. 4 ‘Paradise Lovers’

 In Poetry

Paradise Lovers


Paradise Male bops his feathers to bull-frog chirp and monkey-caw

This evening in the forest will be electric

Female will high-wire his dance-floor


Paradise male slicked-back, chest-puffed, legs 

bent on pouncing begins 

tender ground-work


eyes shook –  catastrophizing 

his arena’s dust must be perfect.




Para-Male collects red berries 

     orbs to light her way

shoves mess from her high-wire branch

with snakeskin, he is reformed



once blue eye 

turning yellow 

rainbow throat inflamed


Paradise Female dives the fluorescent canopy

lands, quiet as Fate.




Her brown down containing

tail quivers, braced beak


four eyes complicit at Sun-down


so humbly pumped on adrenaline


Paradise Male steps on stage



black cape sprung behind him

breast-shield traffic-light green

antenna feathers swinging beads 

like crown-jewels of a bird-deity


he begins the vigorous side-stepping

juggling her response


she is finally swayed by his effort 

flattered by special effects


Paradise Male joins her on the high-wire branch

his mate chirping ascent 


They lock wings in a kind war of flying, shrieking, intent.



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