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Ernestine Northover

Rookie - 110 Points (25th March 1943)

A Daft Crackpot


Parky the penguin felt so low,
He didn’t really like the snow,
Or the blustery winds that blow
Across his icy world.

Parky the penguin thought that he
Would find a boat and go to sea,
He needed to be wild and free,
Gone from his icy world.

Parky the penguin sailed away,
Spotted a sunny sandy bay,
Where he could laze around all day.
Unlike his icy world.

Parky the penguin got so hot,
And could not find one shady spot,
He knew he was a daft crackpot,
Leaving his icy world.

Parky the penguin hitched a ride,
On a tiny raft, narrow not wide,
And reaching home, had verified,
He’d missed his icy world.

Parky the penguin hugged his Mum,
Then skidded off upon his tum,
His escapade was not humdrum,
Nor was his icy world.


© Ernestine Northover

Submitted: Saturday, March 08, 2008

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Chuck Audette (5/27/2010 1:04:00 PM)

    This is lovely and fun, like Parky sliding on his bum.It must have slipped by me before, but I caught it now... -chuck (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Stephen Stirk (2/23/2009 1:31:00 PM)

    Humour always attracts me to a poet. I love this type of humour. It's such a lovely poem. Look me up some time. I also write situational comic poetry
    Kindest Regards
    Steve (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ron Flowers (7/16/2008 7:54:00 AM)

    A wonderful message wrapped in an enjoyable poem. You said something in your biography about you not being a poet. I respectfully disagree.

    Ron (Report) Reply

  • Rookie David Threadgold (7/5/2008 10:42:00 AM)

    Hi Ernestine

    At last I've found the time to read something, your style seems very similar to my own and I like this one very much, poor old parky.

    kind regards
    David (Report) Reply

  • Rookie ~ Jon London ~ (5/25/2008 5:28:00 PM)

    Hi Ernestine,

    Kids will love this, one for future generations I feel....very well written and enjoyable to read...thanks for this..Great poem


    best wishes
    Jon (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ivor Hogg (4/28/2008 11:37:00 AM)

    Its true M lady we look far and wide only to find what we need on our owm doorstep (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,117 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (3/20/2008 3:32:00 AM)

    Hans Christian Anderson, is smiling down upon you today! Excellent work...Virtually flawless metre....solidly crisp yet smooth structural command.
    You, young lady & your quasi-diverse poetic largess, never, ever cease to impress & pleasure my literary senses.

    ~ FjR ~
    .2008.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Meggie Gultiano (3/18/2008 3:10:00 AM)

    love to draw this one, not perfect but near perfect..lol. I love to see penguins walking..I love this, Ern.. a lovley piece (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alison Cassidy (3/12/2008 10:30:00 PM)

    A delightful children's poem that grownups will adore. Lyrical and lively and what a great moral too. I'd love to see it illustrated. Maurice Sendak would draw it to perfection. Wonderful poem. love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shannon Chapel (3/10/2008 3:21:00 AM)

    Hi, Ernestine! It's been almost two years since I logged on, and seeing a new poem from you was like a surprise visit from an old friend. How have you been? Great poem, by the way. Take care. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Lynda Robson (3/8/2008 4:08:00 PM)

    What a charming, happy poem Ernestine, I could see this with illustrations as a childrens book, well done,10,
    Love Lynda xxx (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 1 Points C.R. Clark (3/8/2008 2:38:00 PM)

    Hello Ernestine, This is an excellent, happy poem. I love it. The rhyme, the flow, it's all just perfect, and I really like the name, Parky the penguin. Great read. Thanks
    Richard (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Duncan Wyllie (3/8/2008 11:57:00 AM)

    Parky the penguin, he's no fool,
    He packed his bags for places hotter
    Then he realised he liked the cool
    Now he's called the ice-berg spotter

    I love this light-hearted poem Ernestine, , ,
    The ice is not always whiter on the other side

    Love duncan X (Report) Reply

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