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Darwin’s dilemma

Once upon a time

I was a birder —

Charmed by the shape and song

Of crows robins and orioles

Not to mention the dazzle

Of darting hummingbirds

Or the swing of pigeons by the dozen

Across the Del Oro cinema tower

Even investing a hundred dollars

On a pair of Nikon binoculars —

Then one day

Purely by chance

I was surfing the ‘Net

And landed on a page

That presented an exquisitely

Iridescent blue-green citrus beetle —

Now I’ve landed Darwin’s dementia

I’m become a bugger.

Craig Steiger

Grass Valley

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