for Justin Shillock
The platypus strolled down the Boul' St. Mich'
Twixt po' mo's and Platonists,
leaving a quandary of philosophers pondering:
the bill of a duck,
fur of a mole,
eggs like a turtle's,
sponge for a breast, claws with venom and a beaver's tail,
Is the essence of platypus One
or many or else is "platypus" the
deconstruction of the Taxonomic Paradigm?
The platypus slouches through Place Pigalle.
louche, played jazz
with Dali Picasso Braque and Gris,
a panoply of painters plastered in Paris.
footbone connected to the
eye cone connected to the duckbill
connected to the headline
Platypus Bites Man
The platypus scuttled into the Jardin des Plantes
nested in the platypusarium
danced a gigue with Flat Foot Floogie,
a Mlle. Ornithorhynque!
Vexed lexicographers explained: "bird nose",
as ornitho from ornitho-logist bird, conjoined with rhinoceros,
from a herd of rhinocerontes
(and few have heard of rhinocerontes
but fewer still, of puddles of platipodes
except for some folks from the antipodes.)