NaPoWritMo 24: ritual dance of courtship

million year old
ritual dance of courtship
feathers fluffed
voice fine tuned
impressions to make

male has the colo(u)rs
splashes of bright paint
thrown of the canvas
of his body

females
demur and plain
to blend into nests
and backdrops

chooser or chosen
end result
the same
single mothers
or shared parental
duties
all for the next generation
to dance the ritual dance
of courtship

human mating rituals
1000s of years
to refine the dance

females
with changing
feathers
with changing
attitudes
demur, evocative
erotic, domestic
to blend into the background
or shine in the foreground

males strut
in changing costumes
that show leg
then tie
outward attitudes
shifting with
the winds of time
preening
by seemingly not preening

chooser or chosen
end result
the same
a night, a year, a life-time
all for the next generation
to dance the ritual dance
of courtship

some birds bond for life-times too

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