This is one of my all-time favourite poems, mostly because it’s just so daft. I probably wrote it in the late 1990s – it has a real ‘I don’t give a fuck’ feel about it.
well you've got birds & then you've got birds haven't you? take your wedge-tailed eagle for example - what a bird you've got there! whereas your common blue budgie - well he's not so much a bird as a parrot is he compared with your ibis your swan your albatross i mean your budgie just doesn't cut the mustard does he that's why you've got to keep him in a cage coz he wouldn't last five minutes in the wild what with all your other birds doing the rounds i mean your currawong your rosella your seagull your bilby yes mate even your marsupial's more bird than your budgie another prime e.g. being your koala - now he'd instill fear in your bravest budgie - what a bloody mismatch eh? what a bird is your koala - a bird's bird if ever i saw one what a beautiful bloody bird! what a bird!