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Paula's Poems

Toco Toucan

by Paula Puddephatt

His oversized, golden beak looks

almost inflatable -

those feathers, so exquisite,

in contrasting black and white silk.

 

He bounces from branch to branch –

then, pauses for a period,

to preen.

 

I am stunned by such beauty,

existing so close

to this spot, where I stand.

 

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