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The stately peacock, plumaged bright,

Displays his feathers to delight

   The females who, in dowdy dress,

   He hopes sincerely to impress.


Sleek feathered bird with head held high;

Most fabulous fowl beneath the sky.

   Fanned tails and fancy footwork mean

   You’re most intent on being seen.


The peahen looks at length of tail

When she seeks out her perfect male.

   She notes the spots of superb plume

   And he’s judged on his grand costume.


High up in trees they spend their night,

Their lengthy plumage packed in tight.

    When dawn arrives, their raucous screams

    Will interrupt the soundest dreams.


In splendid, stately country homes

You’ll see the peacocks freely roam.

    On well-cared lawns, they’ll flirt and call,

    And, with their showy gait, walk tall.


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