A Taxidermist's Toybox

Valentine Wolfe
Valentine Wolfe


Cleaning off the skin 
Scraping off the chaff 
Got to keep the cuts small 
Make the feathers last 
Jiggle in an eye 
Paint on the claws 
Arrange a pose 
And then it’s done 
Beauty in this death 

Jackdaw, magpie, rook, crow 
Say them all and then you’ll know 
What’s the secret? 
Never tell 
Bad little ones under my spell 

Receive the little birds 
In spirits of wine 
Got to sew the beak shut 
With a bit of twine 
Then untie the skin 
Head turns toward the left 
Twist ligament 
This is my design 
Beauty in this death 

What life has gotten wrong 
I can now correct 
My own interpretation 
My revisions to the script 
When a mind is fertile 
Ready for suggestion 
What to say 
How to move 
Beauty in this death 

Creating works of art 
Making something new 
From a lifeless dead thing 
Giving a new hue 
I work my magic only 
With one goal in mind 
To breathe new life 
To start afresh 
Beauty in this death


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