A special delivery is often made, of a loving couple's sweet young babe. Wrapped in a blanket and dangling out there at the end of the bill of a stork, in the air. Sleeping and happy the babies, they ride through the summer skies as the storks gently glide. Gracefully flapping their powerful wings, not a sound; not a word; to disturb precious slings. Now Stan the stork, he just loved to sing but it was causing him quite a fine ding-a-ling. All of his babies arrived wide awake and what a dreadful noise they would all make. So they had to resolve his unfortunate plight and find a quick way for a peaceful flight. They tied up his tongue in a tight little knot but it soon broke free before the babe reached the cot. They needed a way to keep his bill closed so the babe in the blanket could peacefully doze. They tied the blanket around his long bill and they hoped and prayed it would keep it quite still. It worked out just fine and the baby slept tight, so from that day to this they had long quiet flights. A slight muffled snuffle was all that they heard, from the one-time tuneful sweet delivery bird. * Written by Darren Scanlon, 15th April 2014. Revised 14th March 2017. ©2017 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.