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

ready… 

 

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

then

so humbly pumped on adrenaline

 

Paradise Male steps on stage

Snap! 

 

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.

 

TF

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