Monday, October 21, 2013

Candor Not Asked For!

                                                                              Attribution: Derrick Coetzee
Image: A Yellow headed Amazon
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Sunday Whirl, wordle # 131 with words:

amalgam balance brick cheat everything fence
gravel mouth nothing notices tentacles trash vacant

Nothing prepared him for it
Had much faith in good manners
But it crashed like a brick wall
Everything went off balance

The cheat extending the tentacles
An amalgam of slick play-acting
and sweet talking conman juice

A vacant look often times were
the opening gambit before flying
into a rage unbecoming of one
given to trappings of high society

Trash from the mouth were plainly
dirty gravel extending notices of
the muck oozing with profanities

Attempts to fence in the emotions
came to nought and it taught him
a lesson  - never ever bring back
home without prior checking a
talking parrot!

Written for Sunday Whirl Wordle #131 and shared with Open Link Monday at Real Toads 
and Poets United's Poetry Pantry #172


  1. Great verse Hank, my friend used to have a talking parrot, brought back fond memories.

  2. I guess then its better to check the verbal qualities before buying a parrot!!

  3. See, the parrot ratted him out! Instead of expensive camera's, the government should use parrots. (If we had a government, do we still have one? lol) Anyway, thanks for sharing! I really enjoyed the stanza about profanities.

  4. Fun description! Our parrot could imitate voices...

  5. Hank,

    Very witty and cleverly constructed It certainly proves how it pays to be cautious with speaking and taking note of any listeners!!!

    Eileen :)

  6. hahahaha yes dont bring home a talking parrot...they will drive you crazy....smiles.....i imagine he might be on the couch for a while for that one...

  7. haha oh it would be kinda fun for a while, then drive me nuts

  8. He may be too elegant to ever say, "Polly wants a cracker."
    Very nicely written using all those words, Hank. I know you enjoyed writing this.

  9. Such a fun dancing flurry of words! This is the first poem I've read this morning. I'd say my day's off to a good start!

  10. Squawk! Translated it means nice poetry, Hank!!

  11. Birds, children . . . I guess you never know who's been listening until you hear it back . . .

  12. Well done, Hank.
    Friends of mine had a parrot who could imitate the telephone, the dog, the cat, the wife and the husband.

  13. especially enjoyed that last verse Hank:-)

  14. Oh, God, Hank, this cracked me up, that last. I was trying to figure out this schmoe and it turned out that, while he IS a schmoe at home, his parrot misses nothing.

    Having grown up with those folks on my father's side (snobs, rich), I would have loved to take that parrot to their dinner parties!!! Wicked fun. Amy

  15. Parrots and family get togethers - not a good idea (they may hear things rather left unsaid :)

  16. Be cautious what you speak in front of a parrot :) love the ending!!

  17. simply oooozing! LOL

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    =^..^= <3