Our prompt today was to start with a line from an existing poem that we could remember without looking it up, and then to write our own poem onwards from there. Many people immediately reached for beautiful, flowing phrases, lines that have remained with them as inspiration and guide…. My immediate thought was ‘Can a parrot eat a carrot standing on his head?’. Spike Milligan. Gotta love him.
Can a parrot eat a carrot standing on his head?
Would a possum scatter blossom on his lover’s bed?
Could a peacock dance to bebop if he’s in the mood?
Would an otter race a stock car, or would he just get booed?
Can a raven go clean-shaven to evade the law?
Could an emu change a brake shoe on a four by four?
Can a lobster be a mobster if he has a gun?
Should an otter be a yachter just to have some fun?
Can an ostrich free the hostage from the terrorists?
Is a weasel on a Nepalese hill scaling Everest?
Could a pigeon get religion if it were brain-washed?
Would an otter tell a whopper, or the truth at any cost?
Can a beaver get Dengue fever sitting in his dam?
A spider in the Hadron collider – does the world go bang?
Would a dolphin and Alec Baldwin have screen chemistry?
Are some otters total tossers, or is that only me?
Can a jackal use block and tackle to raise up a wreck?
Does a donkey wear diamante to the discotheque?
Can a panther be a Morris dancer if he has no rhythm?
If an otter flies a helicopter, must I get in with him?