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Ted Hughes

Budgie Finds His Voice

from The Life and Songs of the Budgie
by Jake Strugnell

God decided he was tired
Of his spinning toys.
They wobbled and grew still.

When the sun was lifted away
Like an orange lifted from a fruit-bowl

And darkness, blacker
Than an oil-slick,
Covered everything forever

And the last ear left on earth
Lay on the beach,
Deaf as a shell

And the land froze
And the seas froze

’Who’s a pretty boy then?’ Budgie cried.

Wendy Cope




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