Uncategorized20 Dec 2020 12:58 pm
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Jenny Blackford 

That blue-silver
origami thing with wings
inside the graceful ribbonned
globe of Christmas glass
was doubtless meant to be a swan
-- or maybe it's a more peculiar bird.
In mediaeval times
monks taught that hungry mother pelicans
would pierce their feathed breasts
to feed their young on their heart-blood,
urging their often half-starved human flock
to more self-sacrifice.
I’d really rather
that the silver-paper bird was anything
but a starving pelican
feeding herself to her brood.
Luckily, the more I look into the globe
the more the origami thing with wings
looks bony, ancient, wild.
Could it be the fabled
Christmas Pterosaur?

One Response to “The Christmas Ornament Mystery”

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