Sunday, 5 August 2012

The Ostrich House

gets its name from the saucer magnolia
which dominates the front,
and the blooming of which
for a few short weeks each April
is similar, albeit inversely,
to the plumage of a flock at a waterhole
in an otherwise dry savannah.

When the owners, after years of trying
finally become expectant,
the mother-to-be takes her eye off the bump
for the briefest time,
but that suffices for an ancient adage –
that any aversion of the ostrich’s gaze
would result in addling – to come true.

3 comments:

Gillena Cox said...

this is my first visit to your blog and i tagged you at my blog's Sunday series today

much love...

Frank... said...

Enjoyed Matthew...

Matthew Paul said...

Gillena, Frank - thanks.

Matthew