A DUCK’S TALE - a poem for half term and valentines week

steve elson ducks

 

 

A BEAUTIFUL STORY FOR VALENTINE’S WEEK AND HALF TERM  - 
WITH RESPECT TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

 

 

OUR LITTLE YELLOW RUBBER DUCK WAS FEELING RATHER DOWN
HE’D HEARD HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN’S DUCK WORE A GOLDEN CROWN
AND THOUGH HE KNEW THAT HE WAS SPECIAL WITH HIS BLOW-UP RING
SOMEHOW THIS SHINY LIFESAVER DID NOT MAKE HIS HEAR SING.

“I’M JUST AS GOOD AS H.M’S DUCK AND LONG FOR LOVELY THINGS
IF ONLY I COULD WEAR A CROWN, MY HEART WOULD FLY ON WINGS,”
AND SO, HE SET OFF ON A TRIP TO FAR OFF LONDON TOWN
HOPING TO MEET THE WONDROUS DUCK, AND GLIMPSE HER GOLDEN CROWN.

AT LAST HE REACHED THE QUEEN’S ABODE AND THEN HE WAS IN LUCK,
THE HANDSOME GUARDS WEREN’T INTERESTED IN CHALLENGING A DUCK.
THIS MEANT THAT HE COULD WALK RIGHT IN, AS IF HE OWNED THE PLACE.
THE THOUGHT HE WAS SO NEAR HIS GOAL BROUGHT SUNSHINE TO HIS FACE.

HE LOOKED IN FORTY-SEVEN ROOMS BEFORE HE FOUND “THE ONE” –
THE QUEEN’S OWN ROYAL BATHROOM AND HER BATH HAD JUST BEEN RUN!
THE STEAM WAS GENTLY RISING AND ABOVE IT ON A SHELF
OUR HERO SPIED A RUBBER DUCK, THE IMAGE OF HIMSELF.

AND IT WAS TRUE – SHE WORE A CROWN OF SOFTLY GLEAMING GOLD
WITH DIAMONDS BEDECKING IT, A WONDER TO BEHOLD.
THE ROYAL DUCK LOOKED BACK AT OURS AND GAVE A SORT OF CHEER
“COME UP AND CHAT A WHILE” SHE CALLED “ONE FINDS IT LONELY HERE.”

pixabay rubber duck crown

SO UP HE CLIMBED, THE ROYAL DUCK MOVED UP TO MAKE A PLACE
THEN OVER-BALANCED BY HER CROWN, FELL FORWARDS INTO SPACE.
INTO THE SCENTED BATH SHE PLUNGED AND SANK LIKE PLUMBERS LEAD
WEIGHTED DOWN BY THE HEAVY CROWN STUCK FAST UPON HER HEAD.

WITHOUT A PAUSE OUR DUCK DIVED IN AND SNATCHING OFF HIS RING
HE PLACED IT ROUND THE ROYAL DUCK AND FIRMLY GRASPED HER WING
HE TUGGED AND PADDLED, UP THEY ROSE, JUST THEN THE QUEEN WALKED IN,
SHE TURNED QUITE PALE, SAID “THIS IS JUST THE BRAVES THING ONE’S SEEN.”

“YOUR NOBLE DEED HAS WON ONE’S HEAT AND WE MUST HONOUR YOU,
SO WOULD YOU LIKE A GOLDEN CROWN, OR WOULD A KNIGHTHOOD DO?”
QUOTH HE: “I’VE LEARNED A LESSON MA’AM, A CROWN’S A WEIGHTY THING
THERE’S TIMES WHEN IT IS PREFERABLE TO HAVE A RUBBER RING.”

“A CROWN CAN DRAG THE WEARER DOWN AND BRING IT LIFE OF DUTY,
(GOD BLESS YOU FOR ACCEPTING YOURS, YOU’VE REIGNED IN PEACE AND BEAUTY.)
PERHAPS IT MIGHT BE NICE TO BE ‘SIR YELLOW RUBBER-DUCK’.”
A KNIGHTHOOD THEN IT IS” SHE LAUGHED “IN HONOUR OF YOUR PLUCK”.

“AND FURTHERMORE, WE’LL PASS A LAW THAT HENCEFORTH FROM THIS DAY
NO DUCKS SHALL E’RE AGAIN WEAR CROWNS AND RISK THEIR LIVES THIS WAY.
MY GOVERNMENT WILL ISSUE TO EACH DUCK A BLOW-UP RING
AND YOU SHOULD FEEL SO VERY PROUD TO’VE BROUGHT ABOUT THIS THING.”

pixabay rubber duck ring

“ARISE SIR YELLOW RUBBER-DUCK, RETURN FROM WHENCE YOU CAME,
THE WORLD SHALL KNOW YOUR COURAGE AND ALL DUCKS WILL BLESS YOUR NAME!”
“I CANNOT LEAVE, YOUR MAJESTY, MY HEART’S LOST TO YOUR DUCK.”
“THEN WITH OUR BLESSING, MARRY HER, WE WISH YOU BOTH GOOD LUCK.”

AND SO THIS STORY HAS AN END, APPROPRIATELY HAPPY
SIR AND LADY RUBBER-DUCK BECAME MAMA AND PAPPY
THEIR NINETEEN YELLOW DUCKLINGS FOLLOW NICELY IN A STRING
AND EACH ONE WEARS A GOV’MENT ISSUE RUBBER SAFETY RING.

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