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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

World Without Birds by Ian Mayelston Mudie

It was only today
(while three white-plumed honeyeaters
feasted among the nectar-heavy blossoms
of the scarlet bottle-brush,
a wagtail called loudly
from the twelve-foot sapling above,
and a pair of crows
went cawing across the sky)
that I thought
of the enormous emptiness
of a world without birds
—songless,
silent,
dead.

From: Mudie, Ian, “World Without Birds” in Westerly, No. 2, June 1974, p. 28.
(https://setis.library.usyd.edu.au/ozlit/westerly/all/53447.pdf)

Date: 1974

By: Ian Mayelston Mudie (1911-1976)