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"OH WATERS, TEEM WITH MEDICINE TO KEEP MY BODY SAFE FROM HARM, SO THAT I MAY LONG SEE THE SUN." - Rig Veda
The creatures from beyond Andromeda
arrive at noon
in little egg-shaped tubs of pink water.
Their blue eyes are also hands
grasping everything in a wink.
Their mouths are sky-sized presumptions
containing all the dictionaries in all the tongues
of all the worlds drifting forever
toward "God" or "Oblivion," the mysterious
final words it is their theology to regard
as a single possibility.
The national debt, the new improved Buick,
Gay marriage, strength of the yen against
the dollar: these, and much else, wake in them
a singular lack of fascination. In fact,
they've barely noticed ourselves, their minds,
having splashed on toward teleology
beyond all substance but the sun.
They love the sun, its perfect placement
and moderation, its heat in which
they evaporate, condense, and are born
falling, soaking us all, sweeping like breath
over the lakes and streets and gardens
where we muse or toil at making the world
that is already here.
Each night the clouds and straight wet streets
enact their perfect form. "All things exist
because they do," they say. But we've had
We call out
the National Guard and make them pay.
On June 5, 1995, Kees Moeliker, the curator of the Natural History Museum of Rotterdam, heard a loud bang just outside of his office. He went over to the window and discovered that a drake mallard had hit one of museum’s windows at full speed and died. Moeliker observed another male mallard came over and start picking at the dead duck’s head. The live mallard then proceeded to mount the corpse and forcefully rape it. This activity went on for a full seventy-five minutes, during which time the perpetrator took only two short breaks. Moeliker documented the entire event by taking notes and photos from safely behind the museum's windows. When the necrophiliac mallard was finished, Moeliker secured the violated corpse and stashed it in a freezer for later examination.
I found this observational study fascinating on multiple levels. Of course, the fact that someone would watch a dead duck being raped for over an hour, not to mention take copious notes while doing so, is interesting in and of itself. But what was even more fascinating to me about this article was finding out that neither necrophilia nor homosexuality is all that rare in mallard ducks. In fact, scientists have previously observed male mallards attempting to mate with deceased females, and researchers estimate that up to 1 in 5 mallard duck pairs consist of homosexual males.2 It turns out that the only unique thing about this case was the combination of mallard necrophilia with homosexuality.