Peacock Feathers

A. E. Stallings

Winter 2017

A plague of feral peafowl in the garden
(I know—who knew?) now decimates the grapes,
Makes salad of the young geraniums,
Kerfuffling dust-baths in denuded planters.
They leave ubiquitous piles of poo, as drab
As any other poo.  They make that sound
As if of something throttled in the jungle…

A. E. Stallings's most recent collection is Olives (2012). She is a 2011 MacArthur Fellow and lives in Athens, Greece.

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