Here’s one you’ve never heard the likes of……”The Flight of the Duty Bird”
Herein lies the secrets we’ve
seldom been told
nor the plaintiff errors of past ribbons worn
but never have you seen flown a more prestigious pheasant
Yes indeed here he is
all feathered in the glamor of the most talked of winged creatures
and seldom spoken of in more grounded circles
The Duty Bird sings a melodious toon
to which no mere mortal can relate
unless you unleash it from the underbelly of your sarcophagus
to go unpronounced in the bleak still wind of Wanda’s workshirt
Yes Wanda, dear Wanda, the keeper of a bird so fine
has taken the drudgery out of so common a household task
as to feed birds from her balcony and ask
What need of we of The Duty Bird?
What need of we
of so obvious a flightful pheasant?
Why, its so obviously presented to all
For what does it venture a man (or a woman so brave)
as to imitate the Duty Bird’s call?
So I put to you again this fateful decision
to cage the bird free or set him alight on your knee
to ground your ambitions to few in this circle so unsure
for the Duty Bird waits for no one’s rendition of color’s end
to bide it’s time so freely
So, seek him in the recesses of your mind
sing it out loud of your disdain for such a notion
Forget it altogether.