You mean the dark raven, famed for ominous pronouncement?
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Or the raucous rooster, alarmed at the day it sees breaking?
The cautious bluebird, picking crumbs from the loaf?
(The grim vulture, picking something more grotesque?)
The fluttering peacock, resplendent in its narcissism?
Or the predatory falcon, with the sharpest overview?
The comical quail, gurgling gossip?
Or the silent owl of head-turning wisdom?
The drab sparrow, hard browsing and common?
Or the rapacious eagle, of marvel and magnificence?
The returning swallow, of religious devotion?
The curious ostrich, disparaged as ignorant?
The silly goose, grown awesome in formation?
Or the accomplished parrot, repeating like rhyme?
Maybe for the formal penguin, slip-sliding on the ice?
Or the scintillating hummingbird, on a sugar high?
The marine gull, mocking heroic monuments as toilets?
The pterodactylic pelican, flocking back from near extinction?
Of paradise, on a wire, of a feather,
of the field, in a coalmine, in a gilded cage?
Cooing, nesting, thieving, chirping,
early, squawking, quacking, free … ?
No, you know, now that I write about it, I think you’re right:
Poetry really may have some connection to the birds.
The quickest way for me to learn something new is to first understand why I'd like to learn it.