They flock on roof tops and on power lines in snowy glory with their yellow crests, jauntily perched on these electric vines sidling and dipping with feathered breasts. In raucous pleasure they rule the morning skies with cheerful noise and graceful leisure Later in the day they will colonise the nature strips and trees in search of treasure. Uplifting to see a cocky congregation, a parrot diocese, a psittacine nation. But when the day is new in its beautiful infancy their flight and calls are a morning litany Joyous cacophony Unmelodic symphony
Contextual Essay: Where I live plays a key part in helping me feel a sense of equilibrium and peace. My suburb has many areas that are quiet and green, providing a refuge from the urban world and offering opportunities to enjoy observing the local varieties of birds: the cockatoos, the corellas, pink galahs, rainbow lorikeets, magpies and eastern rosellas. I feel renewed and uplifted by observing their antics and their beauty.
Wendy Steel is a teacher who lives in Melbourne and has taught English and Literature in secondary schools for many years. She began writing poetry and short stories for pleasure quite recently.