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He Knocked The Budgie Over
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He Knocked The Budgie Over
A humorous poem inspired by an assignment at a Creative Writing class
[238 words]
Joe Gallivan
An IT manager in a UK Financial Services company. Enjoys, reading and jogging.
[November 2000]
He Knocked The Budgie Over
Joe Gallivan

He knocked the budgie over
He caught him such a clout
From Southport down to Dover
You should have heard the shout

His little wings were broken
He lay there in a heap
No words that could be spoken
Not even one small cheep

But then the heavens filled up
With birds of every hue
The leader of this build up
A budgie, six foot two

“I’m a top notch feathered Beak
This court is now in session
Despite your crime we’ll let you speak
We’ll all hear your confession”

“I never meant to hurt him much”
The man said to the sage
“I wanted just to shut him up
By rattling on his cage”

“You swine! Not a single doubt
You murdered him, you brute!
Your sentence I must now give out
A punishment to suit”

“Peck him! Scratch him! Throw some stones
Dig a hole and fill it
With flesh and guts and human bones
All mixed in with our millet!”

Above the din the Beak boomed “No!
For civilised are we
A fitting way for him to go
We’ll drop him in the sea”

And thus they grabbed the hapless chap
They carried him so high
Said Beak “You have no wings to flap
Oh well! Tough luck! Goodbye”

He plummets down, full of fright
Quite sure his life has ended
He braced himself with all his might
As sky and vision blended

He came to with a sudden bump
His head had hit the floor
A wine stain spread along his rump
And legs wrapped round the door

Across the room pet Benny
Looked down at him and squawked
“Dad’s had one too many”
You’re right this time, he thought!



"When I saw the title, I was all 'what the f is a budgie???' Luckily, my ma tumbles over, and tells me that that SAME question was on who wants to be a millionaire the other night!!.... (ma aint too smart)... and so, to ease my mother of her curiousity, she and I read your poem... and my over-energized mother is happy she knows what a budgie is. Thankyou. Eh hemm, anyway... I liked this poem, it's budgie packed, and the rhythm is on, (my congrats on that), and the wording is fabulous. I myself enjoyed the prospect of a six foot budgie, but while I ponder the scientific possibilities, I should go...great work, and keep it up!" -- Kimberly De Liz.


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November 2000

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