Red-tailed Macaw - Nicole Nigro

how did they preen?

planet in pieces

cracked eggshells minus the yolk


how did they sing?

body is porous

lands missing the sea


how did they fly?

hands are not hands

feet are not feet


what sits here is beyond understanding

so the wish is

for a planet full of fish

where whales make dictatorships

dolphins are queens

cockatoos have kingdoms

and mice direct dreams


they must have a had a formal name

and hence

be a valid taxonomic entity:

ara erythrura