Away, ye fiends of fleathered shade!
The scarecrow snorted and sneezed.
All hail the man, all strawed and hayed,
Who dreams of heroical deeds!
Away, ye darts and drap of drear!
Away, ye fists and windscum!
Away, ye handless menaced fear!
Away, ye cornhearted ravendrum!
The corn is cobbled and kebbled too-
Shucks, dry and exhortated.
Best yet for crows who fuss and flew
Up the chimney transportated.
The bawkish caws from cornfilled gums
Where bracken blith and bumbled,
Gave nought but minus instead of sums
And left squired scarecrow rookly humbled.
*** a bit of nonsense for Tony’s MTB prompt for dVerse.
ooooh – love how this just rushes forward – great rhythm and what fun with words!!
Agree with Claudia, absolutely loved the rhythm, smiles – very well done.
Those words ALMOST made sense, which made this poem quite enjoyable, especially as I would think you had used a word, but then realize it wasn’t the word I thought it was.
A nonsense ballad – the ballad form really lends itself to nonsense verse because its rhythms are so natural and everyone is familiar with them, which gives you loads of scope to play with the sounds of your words … which you have done really well.
I especially enjoyed your second stanza; it’s just the kind of thing the ‘Yes’ campaigners might have been saying before we all voted yesterday.
Hilarious, Tony! Had thought about you in the midst of all the news. The prompt was fun – enjoyed it very much.
This is spectacularly clever! and so much fun to read. Still grinning.
“Gave nought but minus instead of sums
And left squired scarecrow rookly humbled”
Aw–who can resist rooting for a “man, all strawed and hayed,
Who dreams of heroical deeds!” Fun write.
A wonderful & creative take on Tony’s prompt; your scarecrow does dream of heroics, & yet his inert capacities leave him leagues short of the adventures he seeks; one assumes it is a He; come to think of it, has anyone ever put up a She?
Love the alliterative rhymes — I think being a scarecrow has its pros and cons.. many great words here.
Oh my- you wrote a real one – love this and it is fun to read.
very cool… love the rhymes and rhythm – and the many exclamation marks…smiles
a cool tale – will think of your poem when i see one in the field next time