Proud Bird?

Are peacocks really as proud as the proverb suggests? In the little poem below, I’m not at all sure.


Indian King

Even a peacock

With his lapis lazuli crown

Must cross desiccated

Whispering savannas.


To frighten off

Those sleek assassin tigers

He trails a thousand glorious sapphire eyes

Upon his sweeping train.

© Lizzie Ballagher