Tuesday, February 14, 2006

A Valentine's Day Poem, of Sorts

Great American Chicken

I have seen more presentable birds—
the mallard with its teal-streaked
wing, or the indigo flash
of bunting. But this courting,
this long-grass dance with bellowed coo
and craning head and I think it was fire
on its chambered breast.
Who knows how long that passion
can light up the prairie sky?

-- Simmons B. Buntin, from Riverfall

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