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Young, George, 1938- / Bird of paradise: poetry
(2011)

Ode to the algorithm,   p. 22


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Ode To The Algorithm
This feather-
small, white, discarded,
lying in the dust at your feet-
pick it up and smooth out
the twisted vanes
with your thumb and forefinger.
Remember, out of
all those random tries, only one
was selected, this one,
the barbs and barbules
fitting perfectly together-
as precise
and necessary as your own
fingers, carefully
smoothing, restoring.
Now go ahead, stick
this miracle in your hat band,
and-
for the bird, for the world, for
yourself-
saunter on, whistling.
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