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The Kipper and the Badger...

That is to say
I had never met a kipper
who’d danced with a badger
in the pale moonlight
never at all
till that one stormy night…

Enter the kipper,
struggling with
a split persona,
sat himself down
and spoke to me
a twisty tail…

“Before ‘I’ became ‘we’,
those were the happiest of times
as I swam in the deep, deep sea
never having seen
the creatures of the land.
I recall the clearest starlit night
gazing from my sea
to the beach
where I saw
dressed in black & white
a figure dancing on the sand
caught in the silver light
he held out his paw
motioned me to join
him in an irish jig…

‘Ah’ said he, ‘dear little fishy from the deep deep sea..
come little beauty, shake yourself dry
and dance with me!’

So there I danced to his tune
encouraged by that rakish grin
to invest my all in him
the whispered promise
of doubling my stake
was after all
no idle sin…
so we danced
and we drank
and we danced all the more
til the rose dawn broached
the cool atlantic shore
from the beach
dancing, dancing still
all the way to the
over the hill…

Dear badger
slammed shut the door!
As for me,
well, I clean passed out
stone ginger,
on that floor!
When I awoke
I could see…
eye to eye
with me!

Strange but true.
I dare say it is,
but I tell you this…
It’s a truth all the same
that I’ll never be,
just me
but now & forever, we!
Never again shall I swim
in the deep deep sea…"

Then up he jumped,
as quickly as he’d sat before
looking far, far out to sea
a mercenary glint
in those crossed little eyes
crooked smile
sweeping his face
as he asked…
" I wonder if badgers can swim ?"

© FCS 2000, 2009

The Kipper and the Badger...


Scotland, United Kingdom

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Artist's Description

Found this today in an old notebook, wrote it nearly ten years ago! Just a bit of fun & thought it might raise a smile or two when shared… And if you are a Badger, you should be ashamed… you might also want to take swimming lessons lol !!

Image by my talented design buddy, J. Thx sir!

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