Parrot in a Lab, for Alex

Parrot in a Lab
…….for Alex

His moss and spice feathers shine under a waterfall of moonlight in his cage. Hushed midnight, when hourglass sands have stilled. Words he has spoken during the day bud in his dreams, echo nanoseconds of electric touch, the scientist’s alien fingers. She gives him berries, nuts, water, gifts for his performance, his reading of cards, his recall of portraits. Colors attract him, magnets of ivory, sea grass, stone – replicas of a world he remembers inside his cells, that galaxy of macadamia limbs, monkeys, and vines built into his mitochondria.

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http://www.youtube.com/v/R6KvPN_Wt8I&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6&border=1

14 thoughts on “Parrot in a Lab, for Alex

  1. beryl singleton bissell says:

    Vicarious yearning, memory shared because whether we realize it or not we are at one with all beings. With you, the parrot shares “replicas of a world he remembers inside his cells, that galaxy of macadamia limbs, monkeys, and vines.” lovely.

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  3. Jo says:

    yes, this is fab, I’ve got a huge smile on my face. Wonderful writing, wonderful:

    replicas of a world he remembers inside his cells, that galaxy of macadamia limbs, monkeys, and vines built into his mitochondria

    especially this!

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  4. Feldman the Robot says:

    Oh, I love it when people write well about animals. This is splendid, the language so lush. You really know how to create a character and inhabit it, even if that character is not human. Well done. Now write a hermit crab poem! 😉

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  5. Julie says:

    I am in love with this poem, and the video is an added treat. My favorite lines are the ones Jo mentions.

    Macadamia is such a beautiful word. But only you could turn that cool word into an even more beautiful image with “a galaxy of macadamia limbs.” And “moss and spice feathers” is perfect. I love how you bring the bird’s natural world into the scientific setting.

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  6. suburbanlife says:

    Terrific poem bringing the reality of the bird together with his original place. Like Jo, I really like ‘ replicas of a world he remembers in his cells,…”.
    It makes me sad that Alex looks so bedraggled, but how fascinating that like a child, being tested, he initiates avoidance behaviours. G

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  7. christine says:

    I know, G. In the video he kept saying,”want back.” Paisley, it’s true, he’s smarter than a good percentage of people, who don’t try to distinguish one thing from another.

    And I’m glad I put ‘macadamia’ in this poem!

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