Oh, once upon a time
On an island far away
Lived a bird funny-looking and distinct.
But sadly for all time
His kind has passed away
The bad news is the bird is now extinct.
Sailors landed, unaware
That the birds they clubbed were rare
In this, the men were all quite foresightless.
Their dogs found easy prey
Dodos couldn’t get away
These funny-looking birds were somewhat flightless.
Never more can he be
Never more will we see
This wobbling bird who once on earth abode.
Never more will we hear
His squawk or song of cheer
So remember him forever in this ode.
© 2007 CAVenable
distinct = unique
extinct = no longer existing
prey = a hunted animal
foresightless = not looking ahead; not careful to consider the future
abode = lived