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

The bird of paradise,   pp. 11-12


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and the only time it ever comes to earth
is when it dies, then its body falls
and is sometimes found by natives on the jungle floor
of an island called Aru.
We have seen the skin of one here in Sweden,
badly mangled, at the museum in Uppsala,
and would pay dearly to see more.
The devout sometimes kneel and pray to it.
I have assigned it the Latin name, Paradisea apoda.
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