The Death of the Peacocks

The national bird of India is faced with a serious threat.

The India Express

The people lust, as people
always do, for gaudy gifts
of heaven, sweet meat
the blood has just left.

They lure the birds, a trail
of poisoned grain. When
the journey is over, so is
life, the peacocks plump,

sated, still. Such vanity.
Ostentation trembling
in variable wind, we eat away
the day until, slowing,

heavy in the gut, night
coming on, we arrive in time
for the feast of a lifetime,
the dark village of oblivion.

About David Citino:
David Citino is the author of twelve volumes of poetry, most recently The News and Other Poems (University of Notre Dame Press) and The Book of Appassionata: Collected Poems and The Invention of Secrecy (both from Ohio State University Press). Paperwork (Kent State University Press), a collection of essays, was published in 2004. He is contributing editor of The Eye of Poetry: Six Views of the Art and Craft of Poetry (Oxford), and teaches at Ohio State, where he is Poet Laureate of the University.