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Topic: Exotic (08/08/13)
TITLE: Plain Old Me
By Verna Cole Mitchell
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A pinkís the only feature of the web-footed flamingo.
Quetzals of green and scarlet hues enthrall,
As well as striking tinting of the blue-throated macaw.
There are varied colored parrots, but their talking is incessant.
The peacockís also brilliant with a tail thatís iridescent.
These birds are quite remarkable, as lovely as can be,
Yet, thereís not a one I like as much as the wren that sings to me.
I looked for an uncommon pet to keep my spirits bright.
The first I found was a kinkajou, but he stays up all night.
White lion pups are pretty, but theyíre the costliest,
And they grow to be five hundred pounds at best.
The chimp is entertaining, but heís strong as he can be,
And the squirrel monkey has more brains than me.
These pets might be exotic and the most unusual,
But a sweet and loyal dog suits me the best of all.
There are folks who ever seek to find a rare exotic dish,
But I can tell you now thatís not my wish.
I tried duck liver once, to my dismay;
Iíll have no reindeer pate that is in a can today,
Nor birdsí nest soup nor any kind of sushi.
Roasted beetles and fried ants would never suit me.
Iíll let it be those other folks to give strange foods a whirl
And be a simple meat-potatoes girl.
Although it might appear to some that Iím a bit contrary,
I donít choose what's exotic--I enjoy the ordinary.
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