Aplonis fusca

sing me champagne from the windows

sing me a child out of doors

sing me pollen on kitchen chairs

and straws that weave mats with wind

sing me champagne, or port

or even beer

sing me a child

sing me


Author’s note: This poem is part of a series on every recently extinct species, including several whose disappearances were tightly intertwined with relations between Europe and Australia.

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