Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Antipodean Autumn

The allure of antipodean autumn
Large flocks of crested pigeons and galahs
Showcase their plumes.

Behold the new arrivals
The kookaburra, corellas, and sparrows
Embrace the autumn daisies.

The autumn blues:
Homelessness and the meaning of life
How are we to live?

The rock wallaby
Feeds the restless autumn crowd
The milk of marsupial kindness.

Prepare to smile!
Cool birds in my garden
Kissing the autumn vines.

The laughing birds:
Kookaburras on my porch
Why are they so pretty?

Survival of the species
Shy birds need more thickets to hide
Who ate the last lorikeet?

The antipodean autumn
Captures the hearts of many,
As the amorous rose blooms.

© Lawrence T. Udo-Ekpo
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