A visitor from the past

Hi everyone,

For no particular reason, this morning I woke up thinking about a poem I wrote more than twenty-five years ago in a book called THE BOY WHO COUNTED STARS. Among the comments to my blog and Facebook posts yesterday, someone mentioned that book so that must have triggered the memory. Anyway, for what it’s worth, here’s the poem, “A Brief Romance.” Also, for what it’s worth, I can’t get rid of the column of numbers running down the left margin, another frustration thanks to the recent overhaul by WordPress.com .

“Oh Mistress Hen,
Won’t you let me in?”
The fox asked
With a foxy grin,
But the hen said, “I’m too clever.”

“I love you so,”
He murmured low,
“Just one little squeeze,
And then I’ll go,”
But the hen just cackled, “Never!”

“Don’t make me blue,
My sweet Baboo,
I’d do anything for you,”
But the hen said, “No you wouldn’t.”

“My knees are weak,
I can scarcely speak,
I long to kiss
Your lovely beak,”
And the hen said, “I just couldn’t.”

He winked and smiled,
“My darling child,
I’ll only stay
A little while,”
And the hen said, “We really shouldn’t.”

At last the hen
Let the fox come in,
And no one knows
What happened then,
Though it only took a minute.

I can only say,
When she hopped away,
Her tummy was round
And it made her sway,
And I think the fox was in it.

(c) 1994 David L. Harrison

11 comments on “A visitor from the past

  1. Wonderful poem, I love it!
    In my email the poem looks normal, without numbers, but when I came to leave a comment, I do see the numbers.

    • Thank you, Anna. I’m happy you like this old chestnut and appreciate the information that the numbers are only visible here. How strange.

    • Thank you, Jane. I remember having fun putting that one together. Glad it still seems okay after so long. XO

  2. Ha, very cute story, and I love the unusual rhyme scheme.

    By the way, if WordPress is giving you difficulty with this, it could be because it doesn’t like MS Word…if you copy from Word, paste it into your Notepas first, then copy from there into WordPress. This has saved me a lot of aggravation on my blog. (just a suggestion)

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