Pelicans in Australia by Emily Toder

A bunch of pelicans stay in the landscape
a bit and a bunch move out

flying elsewhere thinking elsewhere
has more food I guess

The birds that stay in the
landscape a bit

it is not that they later drop
it is not that they hum

like hummingbirds
they don’t hover

It is not that they’re suspended
there like children

wish, it is not like they are children,
they are patient and dark black in the blue

This is in Australia and in the season
when no rains come

lakes suck into pits
irises in the eyes cake

and eventually a pair of jackals arrives
and it is thought

that they are brothers
and their heads are soft
and beige

and the birds that have stayed
they tear those birds apart.

From: http://iopoetry.org/archives/572

Date: 2011

By: Emily Toder (19??- )

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