The Crocodiddlediddle

    ( Black Narcissus Tercet Rima )






I'm a crocodiddlediddle

with a very saggy middle

from the little town of Trimble, Tennessee,

there are twenty thousand otters

and a tribe of Harry Potters

and a spider picking ice cream from a tree,

all the streets are made of custard

with a dash of English mustard

but they never let you walk them in the rain,

there are buskers playing hookie

and a hairy little wookie

sucking bubbles from a bottle of champagne.

We have policemen chasing muppets

and a host of unstringed puppets

that can dance without a single faltered step,

we've got hotels made from plastic

held together by elastic

and a statue of the pirate Johnny Depp,

there are seventeen Obamas

and a hundred toothbrush farmers

who grow bristles that they harvest in July,

all the shops are closed each morning

with a seven minute warning

though so many out of towners wonder why.

There's an Oprah Winfrey mountain

and a turkey soda fountain

that we never close, except on Christmas Day,

in the winter we chase rabbits

who have got disgusting habits

they are skittish but they never run away,

we've got mermaids from Nebraska

in a frozen baked Alaska

they look pretty but I hate the smell of fish,

there's a well from Casablanca

that we've weighed down with an anchor

feed it money and you may just get a wish.







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