THE BALLAD OF THE SINGING STORK

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.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Peter says:

    Being an amateur singer and rather ‘storky’ at 6’6 ” I can relate to this one!

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    1. Thanks, Peter 😊🙃

      Liked by 1 person

  2. What a joyful poem.. Loved it.. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks so much, Sue. I truly appreciate that. 😊🙃

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You are welcome xxx

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