I went into the wood today
To watch the animals at play.
They didn’t see me hiding there,
The meerkat and the grizzly bear,
The lion and fluorescent jay.
They spread a blanket on the ground
And peacefully they sat around.
A deck of playing cards appeared,
Then, as the time for kick-off neared,
They cut the cards without a sound.
The referee, a mynah bird,
With built-in whistle you’ll have heard,
Said jay and lion won the toss
And, as the lion was the boss,
He dealt the cards and gently purred.
They played the game as best they could,
Although it should be understood
It’s hard to hold the cards in paws
(Or, for the jay of course, it’s claws)
But all-in-all the mood was good.
Until the jay began to sing.
He was winning everything.
But his secret was uncovered
When the other side discovered
Five aces hidden up his wing.
He dropped his cards and flew away
To live to sing another day.
The other three unlikely friends,
Seeking ways to make amends,
Looked for a game that three could play.
I know you think this tale is tall,
Just an imaginary scrawl.
In your position I would too.
Friends, I can only say to you,
I promise that I saw it all.
22nd June 2022
Tall Tales 3 Quintilla poetry contest
Sposor - Jeff Kyser
Copyright © Bryn Strudwick | Year Posted 2022
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