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April 24, 2012 / Sez

Love Song Of The Dodo (Poetry Form 42: Dodoitsu)

This is a Japanese folksong form, often concerning love or comedy.

From across the sea they came
Those strange, enormous bird-things.
Until they came in plain sight
We thought them cousins.

Floating, duck-like, on the tide
But their puffed-out wooden chests
And canvas wings spread so wide
Proved they were no birds

But from them came these creatures
Two-legged, tall and beautiful:
Never had we seen their like!
So we welcomed them

They smiled to see us waddle
Among them. Our snort-cluck-honks
Amused them. And they admired
Our plump, round bodies.

They gathered us in their arms.
Delighted, we snuggled close.
Throatily crooning our love
As they filled cook-pots.


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