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Monday, July 16, 2012
poem || Jeff Harrison
The Ducks of Cotton Mather
THE WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD
the Laysan Teal has a dark head & neck, fourteen plumes (& seven are of gold), a white ring around the eye, a blurred blue ring around the bill,
blurred blue ring around Cotton's incapable sleep
thievish is the Laysan Teal, &, as such, surreptitious
seven of the plumes: hopeless (the same that are of gold)
the Laysan Teal resembles the female Mallard, but more reddish-brown
the female Mallard is mottled buffy-brown in color a pale eye-brow a dark stripe through the eye
she peruses darkness her raptures are unprinted (raptures imperfectly corrupted)
the male Mallard has a metallic-green head & neck separated from a purplish-brown breast by a white ring
white ring around the Laysan Teal's eye
their bodies generally go unburied, male & female
HUMILIATIONS FOLLOW'D WITH DELIVERANCES
the Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) is the sole representative of its genus. it's marked like a harlequin & is also known as the Rock Duck, the Mountain Duck, the Squealer, & Lord and Lady. a mountain duck that frequents swiftly running streams. hunters often hang rhymes on their wings. always there's a line about rain-haunted skies. "Come, barren Graces", while improbable, is a traditional beginning to these rhymes.
NARRATIVES OF THE INDIAN WARS
the Ruddy (Spine-tailed, Heavy-tailed, Quill-tail, Stiff-tail, Bristle-tail, Sleepy, Fool, Deaf, Shot-pouch, Daub, Stubble, Twist, Blather, Scoot, Hickory-head, Paddy, Noddy, Dinky, Hard-tack) Duck is equally fond of salt, brackish, & fresh water. its flight is rapid, with a whirring sound, occasioned by its wings' concave form. they ease to whatever the dawn requires.
A VOICE FROM HEAVEN
tho web-footed, Mandarin Ducks have the power of perching.
branches of trees overhanging ponds.
the tunefulness of iron clasps.
the Chinese, who use these ducks in marriage ceremonies, are loathe to part with them to visitors.
Herr Bibliothekarius, in April 1836, wrote William Wormswork, "I could more easily send you two live Mandarins than a pair of Mandarin. Ducks."
they are the only ducks that prefer captivity, "longing," in Herr B's words, "at the chains' clarion"