Lord love a duck,
And the flighty flea;
Yet the skink liz., I think is
More grounded than we’ll ever bee.

And Lord love a fly
(Only God knows why) —
While no toucan swat flies, you can….though
It takes deet-o to defeat-o a mosquito.

Which leads one to wonder
What makes parasites tick?
Ticks are such louses,
They damn well make me sick.

Pray tell, when hyenas laugh,
Are they howling at jokes?
When possums play dead,
Are they living a hoax?

Do hummingbirds hum
’cause they don’t know the words?
Why don’t emus fly?
Do they think they’re not birds?

Do deer mice to mere mice
Write “Dear Mouse” letters?
Do billy goats bill,
Willy-nilly, billy goat debtors?

How hip are hippos?
Do garter snakes wear socks?
Are sockeye salmon
From the school of hard knocks?

Do caribou care?
Do antelope elope?
When push comes to shove,
Can two cockatoos cope?

If given an inch,
Will inchworms grow feet?
Are fool pigeons stool pigeons
When they rat on the street?

What makes a dog bark?
Does it think it’s a tree?
And why do owls look wise?
They must think that they’re me.


10 comments on “LET OSPREY

  1. I got the heeby jeebies reading this tome
    Please tell me those animals don’t live in your home
    For company may visit but never come back
    Could be those yak antlers you use as a rack.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. arekhill1 says:

    Questions, Sr. Muse, that remained unasked by zoology until now. Most of them remain unanswered by contemporary researchers. Those people need to get on the stick.


  3. mistermuse says:

    That reminds me that I forgot to include elephants and donkeys in my poem, but the Repubs & Dems are already hogging all the attention, so they can do without mention from me .


  4. Osyth says:

    Love this … it has a Spike (Milligan) like quality to it. This is huge praise

    Liked by 1 person

  5. mistermuse says:

    I don’t think many Americans are familiar with the English comedian Spike Milligan — I wasn’t — so I watched his youtube clips IRISH ASTRONAUTS and IDIOT SCOUTS. Jolly good show, don’t you know! So….thanks for the comment and the exordium (it’s not often I get to use that word) to Milligan. 🙂


  6. Don Frankel says:



  7. mistermuse says:

    Don, except for “Poem,” that could be the Science Channel’s version of Eight is Enough.


  8. BroadBlogs says:

    Especially love these opening lines:

    Lord love a duck,
    And the flighty flea;
    Yet the skink liz., I think is
    More grounded than we’ll ever bee.

    Thanks for this, oh wise owl.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. mistermuse says:

    I’m glad you said “oh wise owl” instead of “old wise owl” (although the latter would be closer to the truth).


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