The Call of the Kokako

The Call of the Kokako

Poems from far-flung places


In this collection of poems, drawn from a lifetime of travel and observation, the poet tells us about many new and spectacular things, covering the natural world, diverse landscapes and evolution, and also about ourselves, including the human power of love. Much philosophy resides in these pages too.


The cover drawing is by Sam Clark.


 

Author: Anthony Boniface
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: 2011
Format and Pages: Paperback, 80pp
ISBN: 9781908241054
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Sample text from The Call of the Kokako

Saguaro


Saguaro grows slow flowers show melon scented


bee contented bat frequented fruits bright scarlet ripe


contrasting sight of jet black beads birds feed scatter seeds


the young saguaro shading needs


seedlings push above the bush one foot in fifteen years


branched leafless spiny stem appears inducing fears


in herbivores with champing jaws competing for


the water store saguaro draws from desert sand


to make each pleated post expand


woodpecker bores long spines ignores to form a nest


a place of rest to rear her young amongst these giants


these cactus plants who will outlive a man.


 


Ostrich


They call me altruistic


But I’m selfish just the same,


I laid my eggs together


When another female came,


She added her own ova


So I cannot take the blame,


Arranging them around mine,


‘Cause protection is my aim.


 


They lie around the margin


That hyenas will soon eat,


They taste as good as mine do


And my clutch remains complete.


My tactics are successful


For the reason that I cheat,


All’s fair in evolution,


And that justifies deceit.


 


Lesson in Evolution


The Laughing Kookaburra


Has a voice which is well-known.


Invertebrates and reptiles


The food preference they’ve shown,


Unlike other kingfishers


All of which they have outgrown.


Monogamy’s their lifestyle


But the young aren’t left alone;


Their brothers and their sisters


Independence they postpone


And help their parents feed them


Till the family has flown.


Their genes are really selfish;


Now the sceptics must atone.


 


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