BRANCH TENET (Uncatalogued 2001) :
(The Beggar From Valhalla)

A Beggar from Valhalla
Would make a lovely pet.
I’d dye its hair a shade of Green,
its nails I would let grow.
I’d fly it free infront of me, on ropes,
and not let go.

I picked an Orange from Seville in Spain
a year ago.
I made it legs and trained it well but still
it’s walking slow.

A beggar from Valhalla
Would make a lovely kite
I’d feed it soup, religious verve, and
tuck it up at night,
then every morning ‘fore the streets
I’d force a breakfast bite
And re-inform its spirit, that
‘I knew God was right’.

My bird’s a beak,
its patter’s neat and kinda rough you know
It wears gold plumes and blusher
neath its French hat, called ‘Chapeau’.

And on a sad and lonely peg leg
was this run in shoe,
Worn-in some Man ankled manner
Now a paper tiger spanner
figure head – the flock to show,
which ways best, and lead the row.

A beggar from Valhalla
Would make a lovely pet.
I emailed Norse to send me one
But haven’t got it yet.

(Grant 2001)

From our original geocities site now archived at http://www.oocities.org/hobb_it/entrer/home/5/beggar_from_valhalla/beggar_from_valhalla.html


(Good Riddance Ever Eating Duck)

Hannibal Quack
Had lost his knack
For eating other ducks.
He’d nibbled a few
Of ‘ducklings’ new
He’d eat their toes
And parson’s nose
But now in bed
And over-fed
He’s nothing rich
Within his head
Hannibal Quack
Turned on his friends
And ate them all
– made no amends

He’d fly with them – Up high to view
His meal’s four sides – Then start to chew
But now in bed – His wings are dead.
Still only greed – Lives in his head.

A Picture pinned upon his wall
depicts his ‘family’ waddling tall
Still side by side, his skin, their bone,
are laid in rest as picture shown.

This scene’s in our web gallery
To show what can but need not be
This webbed-foot tale of ‘quacks for tea’
Is ancient law and not for thee
For surely now we’re all inbred
To store more sense within the head.

(Grant 2008)

Grom our original site on geocities now archived at  http://www.oocities.org/hobb_it/entrer/home/4/hannibal_quack/hannibal_quack.html