Ornithorhynchus Paradoxus

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Like Thomas plunging prurient fingers
into Christ’s bleeding side, Shaw slid
scissors under brittle skin, snipped
through dead fur to find stitches beneath
where none existed. Impossible
that such a creature could evolve;
bird bill and feet, beaver tail, venom
snake-like in a spur on the ankle,
blind young slithering from eggs to suck
milk from mother’s skin instead of teats.
Surely this was another jackalope.
Only man could conceive of such a farce.

But still it swims in southern waters,
safe now from hunters and tanners, ogled
endlessly by scientists who seek some sign
from worn and scratched fossil records.
Play them backwards and perhaps we’ll hear
a secret message from the divinity, a whisper
soft as a sleek body sliding through water,
telling us to be not faithless, but believing.

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Comments (4 so far!)

  1. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    the discovery of the platypus certainly made some men shudder. lol. I love the ending. :)

  2. Avatar lastsyllable

    I love that it was met with so much incredulity initially. I guess after so many frauds, it was only natural. This world has some weird animals, to be sure. Glad you liked this and thanks for the comment.

  3. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    I like the story, but part of me wonders why it’s been made into a poem when it would work just as well as prose… That may just be me.

  4. Avatar lastsyllable

    I feel like it’s more lyric than narrative. Personally, I’m not into writing prose without any kind of a story, so this fits better as a poem.

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