No one thinks
to themselves
how awful
when these creatures
fly at each other
with violence
in their wings—
with slender beaks
nipping snipping
fighting for the nectar
of the honeysuckle
and columbine—
we accept that survival
is a good excuse
to be greedy,
and because
they are beautiful
in their
metallic green dress
and wine colored collar
we forgive them
for things we humans
could never
get away with—
especially females
who aren’t looking
for a long term
but want to be
impressed into bed
for just one night
of spectacular sex
with the partner
of her choice
without feeling guilty
or worried about
the violent judgment
of the righteous—
who most likely
have imagined
what it would be like
to be that audacious
and that brave.





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