That birdsong stakes a claim
for land and territory,
for status and sex,

comes as no surprise
to those of us who’ve tuned in
to human conversation.


Philip Rush
Pic: Claire Palmer

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One Response to Birdsong

  1. jeff cloves says:

    This fine work is an example of a poem saying in six lines
    what a novelist might take a chapter – or more – to dally with.
    Even the most seemingly banal pop song can do the same thing
    sometimes. Claire Palmer’s peacock strutting its stuff on the
    dining table is the perfect visual metaphor and makes me
    think of Gatsby.

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