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Topic: Exotic (08/08/13)
TITLE: Plain Old Me
By Verna Cole Mitchell
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A pink’s 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 peacock’s also brilliant with a tail that’s iridescent.
These birds are quite remarkable, as lovely as can be,
Yet, there’s 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 they’re the costliest,
And they grow to be five hundred pounds at best.
The chimp is entertaining, but he’s 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 that’s not my wish.
I tried duck liver once, to my dismay;
I’ll have no reindeer pate that is in a can today,
Nor birds’ nest soup nor any kind of sushi.
Roasted beetles and fried ants would never suit me.
I’ll 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 I’m a bit contrary,
I don’t choose what's exotic--I enjoy the ordinary.
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