Animal poems - Platypus
... quirky, energetic, surprising
The duck billed platypus, an icon and mystery.
The poet of the waterways, ancient ties in history.
With feet like otter, and a tail wide and flat.
The first rumors of you, seemed fiction not fact.
With a bill like a duck, a mammal that lays eggs.
And the males sporting a venomous spur, on both their hind legs.
Scientists first thought you a hoax, but I have only admiration.
For your playfulness and spirit, an iconic Australian.
In gurgling creeks, and down mossy alleys,
Your streamline body swims, in pristine forest valleys.
Darting over the creek bed for food, using your bill to explore.
Your tenacity and energy, is hard to ignore.
But when you curl up in your creek-side den, and finally get fluffy dry.
You snuggles are legendary, down with your hatchings you lie.
The male can be aggressive, but the female I would hug.
Although wet and restless, I feel you are full of love.
A quirky little creature, you are adored by all.
The scientists in me is fascinated, but as a human watching you.
.... it is in love.... that I will fall.
Be free little platypus, and know the glimpses you I’ve had of you in the wild, will last as some of the most magical moments in my life.
-- by Andrew Noske