Tuesday, 30 April 2013


“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” - Dr. Seuss
Magpie Tales has provided an illustration British illustrator Helen Ward as a visual prompt for today’s literary offerings. Helen Ward has illustrated many children’s books, and an excellent interview can be found here, which describes her life and work. With apologies to Ms Ward for my alteration of her illustration, here is my offering:

An Academic Discourse

Two rabbits, some hares,
Were splitting their hairs:
Their intent to argue creation,
Rain, and such condensation.

A rat, a gnat and two moles
Were digging four holes,
Deep in which to inter
Bread, butter, liqueur.

A frog from a bog and a hen
Constructed a large pen
To herd mewling cats,
All wearing elegant hats.

A badger, a toad, carrying a load
Conversed in Morse code,
While giving great pain
To everyone’s brain.

A stoat and a goat, quick to emote,
Cried long in their boat,
Their tears enough, no surprise,

To make it capsize.

And there were you, I,
And a blue-bottle fly,
Singing in tune under full moon,
Sometime in late June,

While pigs flew overhead
And our theories misled.