Hello, my ghost, my conjoined twin. Hello, beak and nictitating membrane. Hello, egg calcified in secret cloaca, yolk an albumen-swaddled flame. Hello, naked nestling, fledged to preen, barbs smoothed along vane. Hello, puff-pouched strut, bob, and mantle, the spread-winged seining of thermal and upgust. First, let us flare in a far-flung flock, then tuck heads beneath wings, together to roost, to brood, to regurgitate fine castings.