the Peacock and the Partridge.

two birds with feathers,
but not of a feather.

one struts about squawking,
displaying its brilliant plumage.

the other is served on a platter,
with its plumage plucked.

one says ‘look at me
but do not touch’

the other says ‘be nourished
by my tasty body’.

are you one
or the other?

are you an observer
or another

plucking words and images
to define your place
on an imagined


December 24, 2020