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Bridget Khursheed

  Parrot in Darnick

Your loud cry got interest from the kestrel
and me I waded nettles and hawthorn looking
for its fledgling straight through your green
until you followed me back from school
to shout obscenities from the leylandii
that I would have cut down yesterday
they are my neighbours’ pets.

I showed you a banana and an orange
pulled from deep down my magician’s sleeve
your big beak gutting a plum
nothing left but a flap of purpled skin
you disappeared goaded by crows:
what on earth were you doing here again?
And why didn’t I go with you?

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