The hoopoes are back,
even though
the walls and holes they liked to nest in
were destroyed by human nest builders
four years ago,
when there was a housing boom
and money to be made.

The hoopoes are back,
even though
the new holes and rubble they liked to nest in
were destroyed by human nest builders
three years ago,
even though,
there was no market for nests
and no money to be made.

The hoopoes are back,
even though
the new holes and rubble they liked to nest in
were washed away two years ago,
as the walls that stopped the storm flow
were destroyed by human nest builders,
to prepare the ground for money to be made.

The hoopoes are back,
even though
their nesting places are hidden, buried
under growing mountains of rubble brought
by the human nest builders a year ago
as there is no demand for human nests
and no money to be made, except from rubble.

Hey, the hoopoes are back! I’ve seen them!
The hoopoes are back!

– Lynn White

First published by Furry Writers Guild in Civilised Beasts Anthology, 2015, Weasel Press

2 thoughts on “The Hoopoes Are Back

  1. I used to read an abcedarius to my daughter that included the Hoopoe – haven’t thought of that in 30 years! Wiki links their info and a sound byte of their call. How wonderful to imagine them real, living in nests not just in books! Thank you for bringing this awareness and appreciation to us! ❤

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