With two ducks the Potter Aylesbury was split
To become Jemima and Miss Puddleduck.
The name was too long for easy naming fit
Though dividing it was a challenge to luck.
Genders were disregarded for literary wit
More important that any anatisine pluck.
A miracle was manifest, blessed duality,
Two ducks in one person with bisexuality.
As things went no ducklings occurred
When the potential progenitors migrated,
Carried in a crate, each a flightless bird
To graze in a big yard wildly vegetated,
Occasionally squawking an avian word,
But overall oblivious, pleased and sated.
They waddled under a jealous vigilance
Of an infant deluded in his innocence.
The innocent innocent sought favour
To ingratiate with Puddleduck her mate;
Jemima was happy with snails to savour,
To abandon his quest, to sit and wait,
To be fed and fattened by his flatterer.
But Puddleduck liked to find what she ate.
The fowl were insouciant and indifferent
But the child strove for them to be cognizant.
But the ducks’ days were short numbered;
Puddleduck was seized in the long grass,
Where she searched out snails untroubled
Meeting the householder with a cutlass.
Worse than a cajoling wolf, he beheaded,
As the boy collected snails in a glass.
For he must provide a Christmas dinner
That would stop them getting thinner.
There was more yet to do duck murderer.
Wise he saw Jemima could not survive sole.
He sent his son for sausages to the butcher.
When he returned the poultry weren’t astroll.
He looked in every nook for familiar feather.
It looked as if they were swallowed whole.
He wandered in the streets in hopeless quest,
Crawled under houses, climbed trees, distressed.
His rest was distraught by anxious wonder,
And raucous drunken mirth of jolly Santa Claus.
Obligatory gratitude outweighed joy in plunder.
Booze-humoured pater watched in pregnant pause
As his son looked at the fowl on his platter.
“I can’t find my ducks to feed their maws.”
“Eat your duck and stop your silly chatter.”
He clanged knife and fork in a fit of pique,
So that his father smacked him on his beak.