Friday, 18 April 2014

Ducks to cheer you up

A swan admiring his reflection
Whenever I need  cheering up I think of something amusing. Frederick William Harvey  (1888-1957) wrote this wonderful poem about ducks , they must have cheered him up too. He was known as the poet laureate of Gloucestershire. This is just the first verse.

From troubles of the world
I turn to ducks,
Beautiful comic things
Sleeping or curled
Their heads beneath white wings
By water cool,
Or finding curious things
To eat in various mucks
Beneath the pool,
Tails uppermost, or waddling
Sailor-like on the shores
Of ponds, or paddling
- Left! Right - with fanlike feet

What is he looking for?

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