Stephen Katona

(26th November 1970 / Manchester, UK)

The Zonkey and the Grolar Bear


'Please don't eat me, '
Said the Zonkey,
To the Grolar Bear,
'I'm far too rare.
Just like you,
I'm an unusual brew.
Even a donkey,
Looks at me,
A little queerly.
We could be best chums,
And play bongo drums.'

'I'll not disagree, '
Said the Bear to the Zonkey,
'It's just that I'm so hungry! '
'You can't catch me, '
Cried the Zonkey,
'You never will, '
As he sped down the hill.
The Grolar Bear gave pursuit,
Choosing the most direct route,
Hoping for a casserole,
But fell into a muddy hole.
Stuck fast in the sludge,
He couldn't budge.
It sure did stink,
Worse, he began to sink.
'Please help, ' said the Grolar Bear,
To the Zonkey, 'Have a care.'

'You're a little overweight,
You shouldn't put so much on your plate, '
Said the Zonkey, whose heart was kind,
As he threw branches at the bear's behind.
A twig brought tears to a Grolar eye,
'What are you doing? ' he said with a sigh,
'You'll see....'
Said the zonkey.

When sticks were far and wide,
'Lie down, ' the Zonkey cried.
On a raft, our Grolar crawled,
Until at the edge he sprawled.
'You rescued me from this silt,
Oh, how my heart is full of guilt, '
Said the Grolar Bear, 'Please become,
My lifelong best chum.'
Our Zonkey taught a Grolar to fish,
To never be short of a dish,
While a Grolar kept a Zonkey safe from harm,
With solid muscles on each arm.

Submitted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Edited: Friday, July 25, 2014

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  • Margaret Alice Second (6/16/2014 10:30:00 AM)

    This is a great fantasy in Lewis Carrol style and rolls off the tongue so easily as if a rhyme meant to be conveyed in song - great entertainment, thank you! (Report) Reply

    Stephen Katona (6/16/2014 11:11:00 AM)

    Wow, thank you Margaret. Your comment is beautiful in itself: 'rolls off the tongue so easily as if a rhyme meant to be conveyed in song' could be the start of a poem! You have a wonderful way of expressing yourself.

  • * Sunprincess * (6/12/2014 3:12:00 PM)

    ..........truly I wish to read more of this enjoyable write... (Report) Reply

    Stephen Katona (6/13/2014 3:14:00 AM)

    Colleen and Sunprincess, many thanks for your encouragement. I'll add more soon. The funny thing is I'd already extended it. It used to finish with the word 'hungry' but my youngest daughter was too upset by this ending...

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