a scarecrows tale

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.

11 thoughts on “a scarecrows tale

  1. 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.

  2. “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.

  3. 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?

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