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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Magpie Tales 87 / Poem: Lynching




There has been a lynching-

Mass retribution
for what I cannot say.
Was it the down in the pillows?
Not enough fluff?

Whatever the cause
these ducks hang in public
perhaps to make an example
though I doubt their kind
dip to do flybys
of the market district.

Someone will
take them home for dinner
celebrate their demise
with duck soup.



Michael A. Wells

Magpie

21 comments:

Margaret said...

Not enough fluff. Very funny

Kathy Bischoping said...

I like the speculative "Was it the down in the pillows" lines...the contrast of something so small and light to the heaviness and scale of retribution.

Martin said...

As soon as you mentioned duck soup, I'm thinking Marx Bros.

Helen said...

Snickered out loud at the thought of ducks doing flybys!!!!

Kathe W. said...

why is there the expression "Lucky Ducks" ? Clever take on the prompt!

Other Mary said...

Funny and thought-provoking too. Guess that's why I don't eat meat...

christopher said...

I didn't see the hanging as hanging until you showed it to me.

Michael said...

Kathy B - Yes, sometimes the smallest things come with a heavy price tag.

Martin... admittedly I though of them as well.

Helen - you never know what you'll se in a market ;)

Kathe W - Sam Hamill has a poetry book I read some years ago called Dumb Luck. Maybe that's what this is.

Other Mary - How many Marys are there? Just kidding. Funny works. ;)

Tess Kincaid said...

Was it the down in the pillows...giggle...

Michael said...

Cristopher - isn't that the job of the poet? ;)

Tess- you know I once bought a Martha Stewart brand fether pillow and when we got it home the damn thing felt like every single fether was poking me. Everyone else in the house took a turn with it and I can't recall what happened to it but I'm pretty sure it isn't being used by anyone to sleep on.

The Old Raven said...

Yes, very thought proving ... and clever.

Brian Miller said...

off with their heads...we will show them not to poop on everything...

Tumblewords: said...

Ah, that's strong punishment. :) Love it!

Susie Clevenger said...

loved the humor in this...I too went for duck soup in mine...we must have been dining on the same thought :)

Nicholas V. said...

They really do look as though they have bee executed and put up as an example, don't they? I liked your poem veyr much.

Isabel Doyle said...

love your pillow talk!

Dave King said...

A totally original take. Well done.

Arnab Majumdar said...

I hope the ducks don't do a flyby alongside the windows of the people enjoying their dinner. That'd be a sight... :D

Cheers,
Arnab Majumdar on SribbleFest.com

Morning said...

amazing imaginations.

Trellissimo said...

Love the idea of duck fly-bys over the market.

Michael said...

T O RAVEN ~ Thanks

Tumblewords - Tnak you, glad you enjoyed it.

Nichaolas V. ~ Good, glad you liked it.

Isabel ~ LOL, pillow talk? Glad you loved it.

Morning ~ Thank you!

Trellissimo ~ of course there would be some missing from the formation.