Portrait by Edward Lear, poet and artist
I Made a Bu-Bo (and other nonsensical blather)
Snickering up on the biggest owl
on the entire Gaia Marble,
the Eagle Owl
(some are longer than,
some are heavier than,
but the Eagle Owl is
generally considered, by those
to be biggest, so who am I
to argue with expertations
of the nth degree; their
degrees on their walls and
in their halls of edification
So I am snickering up,
that is, asneak, all the better
to pop the vroom lens on my
Kodak Not A Brownie But
Something Of Great Cost,
the camera, my only friend
since my husbandonment
left me too for spending
so much money on this
As I said (for I digress,
even upon egress), I am
snickering up sneaky as pie
to take a rotogravurical image
of the Great (if not largest or
heaviest, per said experts)
Eagle Owl, as rendered
(in ink, not in olive oil,
for this bird has little meat,
and the plucking’s torture,
especially if the owl is still
alive and quite ornith… ornery)
I say, as rendered by the Even
Greater Edward Lear, I thus
with my gravuracospity at its
heightedness, do snarkily step on a
bygone Snickers wrapper and oops
The Bubo-Bubo, as it’s called
in Eurasia, yes, boob that I am,
it flies off before I can get a shot
(with said camera, and not with
assault riflage of any repudiation)
My questation, a lost causation…
The owl, gone the way of
other fowl, and growlsome, I
retreat fleet back to my bungaloo,
buggered again by Naturama.
© 2013 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil
For Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, a tribute to May birthday boy, poet and artist Edward Lear/ I thought he was known only for his doggerel (including The Owl and the Pussycat) but now I know (thanks to the site) that he produced fine artwork, especially his collection of bird portraits. I decided to try the fun doggerel style of Lear as well as writing about one of his portraits. Hope I succeeded! This is also on the rolling right column of my poetic nest, Poets United (proud to be a member!).
The Eagle Owl is arguably (as poem says) the largest owl, found in Europe and Asia. It’s about halfway up the Endangered Scale. I like its expression because it looks like my late black kitty Missy when she put on her “mean face”! Amy
Josie Two Shoes
May 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm
Delightful word play Amy, done so very well! 🙂
May 4, 2013 at 11:19 pm
Laughing like crazy–you definitely went for the wordventures here–very very creative stuff, Amy–I love all the snickery sneaking, and the husbandonment, among many others too numeracious to count, or recount. Really excellent birdplay taking flight from the Learing prompt. ;_)
May 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm
You little snicklefritz, you!!!
May 5, 2013 at 12:18 am
WOW!!!! LOVELY. YOU ARE SO TALENTED. FLOWS NICELY. THANKS!!! KEEP WRITING…
May 5, 2013 at 12:32 am
Such talent with fun words!
May 5, 2013 at 12:45 am
Brilliantly funny, Amy. What a wordsmith you are … ‘snickering up’ heh-heh 🙂
Kay, Alberta, Canada
May 5, 2013 at 1:01 am
Oh, Amy, may I borrow two or three or more of your lovely new words?
So funny: “My questation, a lost causation…The owl, gone the way of other fowl”!
I always think what fun it must have been to write, when I read this sort of lively nonsense.
May 5, 2013 at 4:58 am
You took your readers on a fun ramble while trying to get the shot!
‘husbandonment’ should be in dictionaries – what a word!
May 5, 2013 at 5:05 am
If I didn’t know better, I would think you were stoned…
May 5, 2013 at 6:00 am
This is so clever- so sharp – your word play and inventiveness are wonderful both for your rhymes and reason – I agree with Kerry re husbandonment – and on top of that, the narrator has a very sympathetic personality in this poem which comes across loud and clear. Very sweet and lots of fun. k.
Sherry Blue Sky
May 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm
Amy, what a – er – HOOT! I loved every snickery snarkery word!
I HAVE A VOICE
May 5, 2013 at 8:10 pm
terrific alliteration !
May 6, 2013 at 1:55 am
I am laughing at my mental picture of you giggling at every word of this funny farrago.I love the invented words.
May 7, 2013 at 4:55 am
This was fun, Amy. And thanks for your shout out to Poets United. The pantry missed you this past Sunday.
May 7, 2013 at 9:16 pm
husbandonment … love that and I carefully dissected all the new words… really quite clever of you.