Poems of the Week


by Julia Griffin

“Police seize ‘super obedient’ lookout parrot trained by Brazilian drug dealers. … 
The bird joins a growing list of animals implicated in Brazil’s drug trade, although most have been reptiles.
The Guardian

A sinister psittacine skill
Developed in sunny Brazil
Is to let out a whoop
When the constables swoop
In pursuit of some criminal pill.

These parrots are heterodox,
And thinking outside of the box;
For the drug-pushers’ list
Is supposed to consist
Of carnivorous gators and crocs.