How the world works, a riddle, 22 May

This bower was trashed weeks back by Brush Turkeys roving
in gangs. They scratch up everything and anything, now
the bower looks good as new, and he never stops working
on his structure of seduction. I never see him eat.

Juvenile male Satin Bowerbird with sticks, ready to practice

We chat to a friendly birder with a long lens, visiting
from up north, she loves this garden, has spotted
a Powerful Owl, which we search for but can’t find.

The Lewin’s Honeyeater is tasting South African
nectar among the towering colours.

Australasian Grebe

A Grebe paddling through the cellular patterns
of the scarlet bridge, no sign of the giant eels.

A Pied Cormorant, yawning or burping or screaming

My prostate is riddled, Sam is discouraging my hope
for surveillance with regular MRI. We chat about his ear
learning his heritage, a dialect of Cantonese, lots of laugher,

We leave the building and right outside – I nearly
step on a white rabbit. – Is that good luck?

Dear Minister Plibersek,

I had high hopes for our environment’s future when the government changed.

I hope you have had time to watch the Giants, then you would know how important it is to save the takayna / Tarkine rainforests.

We only get one version of pristine, then it’s gone for ever.

Minister, you have the power to reject this project. I urge you to protect takayna/Tarkine in a World Heritage listed National Park instead.



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