THE BALLAD OF THE FRIGHTENED EAGLE

 

You’ll often see them running

and chasing across the plains,

a rabbit skipping and laughing

at an eagle, in great pains.

 

But why’s the eagle running,

surely he can fly?

Sadly he’s afraid of heights

and frightened he may die.

 

An eagle that can’t fly,

well surely that’s not right,

it’s just like having an owl

who won’t come out at night.

 

But then one day the rabbit stopped

and said, “I’ve had enough”,

he waited for the eagle

who by now was out of puff.

 

“Why can you not fly my friend,

there must be a better way,

all this running so doing you in,

especially twice a day”.

 

“I will not fly and I’ll tell you why”,

the eagle had stopped for a rest,

“I have a horrible fear of heights,

since I fell from my mother’s nest”.

 

“It’s ok for you just sitting there,

chewing on your carrot

but just you try catching

a pigeon or a parrot!”

 

“Well why don’t you just change your food;

try veggies for a while?”

The eagle replied, “Are you serious?”

and couldn’t help but smile.

 

“It’s not as daft as you may think;

it’s clever, if I may say,

it’ll save you all the running around,

veggies can’t run away!”

 

The eagle thought and with a grin

ran off as fast as fast as he could.

“Where are you going?” the rabbit called.

“I’m off to find some spuds!”

 

 

Written by Darren Scanlon, 4th January 2014.

Revised 18th July 2015.

© 2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. olganm says:

    Delightful. A good reason to be a vegetarian, for sure.

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    1. Just a little fun children’s poem for my ‘one-day’ illustrated children’s poetry book.

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  2. This is an adorable ballad! The rhyme enhances form and story.

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  3. joylennick says:

    Another cute tale from Darren’s pen. .

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  4. Neyse Bustamante says:

    Poor little eagle he never imagined how very majestic and beautiful he was. ;(

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    1. No, Neyse, I’m pretty sure he knew that…he was just scared of heights after falling from the nest…. question is…did he fall or was he pushed?

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  5. sevoiland says:

    What a cute story. Was it inspired by the child’s picture or the other way round?

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    1. Thankyou. An artist friend of mine drew the pic for the poem.

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