behind the scenes
dusty corridors lead to musky back rooms
where cold vats of animal carcasses wait for a steady hand.
2 partridges, a blue jay, a cedar waxwing and a hummingbird
positioned amongst a tangle of blossoms,
wings ever spread, bodies ever ridge,
gathering around a nest,
the wild and exotic brought in close, perching in a domestic setting.
Species preserved through behaviours which made them extinct.
such a colourful display; the fashion for an object of art;
stuffed birds for our delight, for our ever expanding egos.