smooth my feathers


stroke me with care

and kindness

remind me

you are here

because of me


despite me


my silky bill

is happy to nibble

your proffered treats

I accept them


and gratefully


perhaps we shall waddle together

along the torrent’s bank

feather by feather


sympathetic noises

in support of each other’s

difficulties and losses


we might

quack out loud

in an excited succession

of jokes and



and perhaps we will be

lucky enough

to nestle together

and make a sanctuary

on the dry sticks

life provides




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