Switched-on Gutenberg Issue 16
Cockatoo boxed by Cornell has words for Maryís parrot

Taught the language of Narcissus
handsome boy    foxy bird
and the language of false love
pretty Mary    looking good
living curiosity  the parrot waddle
what if we didnít make them smile    what if
I speak as effigy
silence insulated    [not a bad construction]
eyes out  processes in    eyes out eternal in
flock or nothing    nuts and corms or nothing
what if objectify means death
was it the idea of flight    of beauty in someoneís eye
that got us here
was it loneliness or else

Cockatoos and Corks
Joseph Cornell

Copyright 2010,  Linda Umans

Linda Umans enjoyed a long teaching career in the NYC public schools. She is a native of Manhattan where she lives, studies, works. Publications include poems in Beauty/Truth: Journal of Ekphrastic Poetry, qarrtsiluni, Waterways, terrain.org, In Posse Review.

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