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Incarceration

15 red-tailed black cockatoo fly 100 metres in 10 seconds
pride distilled in the raucous call
of freedom

2 cousins in a cage, 4 by 3 metres
record changing when
curtailed.

These numbers don’t add up.

13 thoughts on “Incarceration

  1. oh yes gabrielle, gorgeous photo and the writing is so delicate while it realizes the odds. i had never seen one before, wow, what a beauty! i like the new graphic as well, effective combo of strong and subtle (glad u r back yay!)

  2. Beautiful photo, and I love the new look of your blog! đŸ™‚

    And such a heart-rending poem — the majesty of the birds as free creatures, contrasted with the injustice of confining them.

  3. They are such glorious creatures and it is so depressing if you ever encounter one in a cage. If I was a bird I would want to be free.

    The emotional tone in your poem tugged at my heart.

    Love the new look.

    1. Thanks Selma. Parrots can be incredibly intelligent (like a 5 year old) and they can use tools and are very sociable. They need a great deal of stimulation or they get very depressed – as you or I would.

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