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on the Nandi flame*
from red flower cups
rosy starlings drink deep
of dew, sweet nectar and rain water

*Nandi flame, also called African tuliptree, fountain tree, pichkari, poomaram (Malayalam) etc, has been nominated as among 100 of the “World’s Worst” invaders according to Wiki. But the birds, they love it. I only wish the tree were a little closer to my house 🙂

©Shail Mohan 2017