The Feather Thief

A peculiar heist,

Not diamonds, or money,

But a feather tryst.


Ornithological sabotage,

Born from a feather obsession.

Crime scene in Tring

from the Natural History Museum.


Feathers from specimens

Centuries old;

Species from long ago




Stuffed into a bag,

No reverence

For the history

Or the species.


Ornate, rare feathers,


For fishing

Has become an art.

Fly-tiers’ lips

Are sealed

About the crime.

“You don’t want to piss us off.”

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