Dawning before man’s evolution,
Even before apes to avoid confusion,
Various lineages go back to a species of duck,
It happens, quite devilish, which is just our luck.
Look at our ancestor in his classic pose,
Demonstrating an entertainer, which called for this poes-(ie).
Usually today, most don’t perform,
Choosing to keep to themselves, evolutionary reform.
Kept deep in a cave, though, away from the light,
Is a self-portrait of a devil bird embracing the night.
See the drawing of the bird, clearly a drake,
Checked my dictionary closely to avoid a mistake.
Only this devil drake drawing shows us a truth,
Man’s ancestors were musicians performing for youth.
It only seems right to credit this drawing in chalk,
Neanderthal’s ancestor, we would say if we could talk:
Go ancient Devil Duck, you have taught us to rock!
—O’Brien & Yates
[Words by Richard O’Brien (except the word “poesie,” which Yates suggested, even though it’s archaic AND German.) Image by Richard F. Yates.]