First published in June 2021
a big black bird', it says
on the back of the card (for Father's Day).
True, it's a beauty,
wings shining green streaked with gold,
jutting tail, the beak a fierce yellow dagger.
with spindly legs in plus-four trousers,
splayed four-toed feet - but beware the rook
a haunting threat
in its bullet-sharp eyes.