Iowa Bird of Mouth is a yearlong, online crowdsourced poetry project created by Jennifer L. Knox honoring a different Iowa bird each month. October’s bird is the Ring-Necked Pheasant. (You can add to this month’s open source poem here!) At Ames Public Library’s kick-off ceremony for the site, several writers shared bird-related poems. Here’s one of them.
The cassowary is shy. The cassowary
only fights when provoked.
The cassowary is exhausted
from all the rumors. Her neighbors
nicknamed her Clickbait.
All she wants to do is relax
at home, scarfing down fruit,
but there is always some Steve Erwin
wannabe hiding in her bushes.
The cassowary can kill you, sources
say. The cassowary is smart.
She knows there are many ways