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April 6, 2023


The solitary sulphur-crested cockatoo

on a bough is open to engagement

with the solitary human walking

on the track below. It glides

from tree to tree to continue

a conversation started by the walker,

a cross-species interaction in the wild

between an intelligent bird squawking

and a person talking, making a connection, 

until broken off by the human

when the weirdness starts to weigh.


© the author

by Rohan Buettel

Rohan Buettel lives in Canberra, Australia. His haiku have appeared in various Australian and international journals (including Frogpond, Cattails and The Heron’s Nest). His longer poetry recently appears in The Goodlife Review, Rappahannock Review, Penumbra Literary and Art Journal, Mortal Magazine, Passengers Journal, Reed Magazine, Meniscus and Quadrant.

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