Ernestine Northover

Veteran Poet - 1,371 Points (25th March 1943)

A Spiked Balloon - Poem by Ernestine Northover

A Puffer fish was in a cross huff,
he had suddenly run out of puff.
‘How can I keep my system alive,
when danger to me, might well arrive‘.

He met up with an electric Eel,
who said, ‘I do know just how you feel,
t’was shocking, when I lost my power,
all I could do was hide and cower‘.

An Octopus with tentacles long,
said, ’now come on, tell me what is wrong’,
And after he’d heard the sorry tale,
he had a word with his friend the Whale.

‘We’ve decided it’s a rest you need,
your life’s been lived at tremendous speed.
you must slow down and take things easy,
you’ll most likely be feeling queasy‘.

‘Take a week off and find somewhere nice,
your puff will reappear in a trice.
you’ve blown yourself and you require rest,
listen to us, we know what is best‘.

So, for a whole seven lazy days,
the Puffer fish, not one fin did raise.
He recouped his strength, and very soon,
his body became a spiked balloon.

He thanked Octopus, who left propelled,
also Whale, who he thought had excelled.
And though not now scared to face his foes,
Eel follows close, wherever he goes.

JUST IN CASE.! ! ! !

© Ernestine Northover

Comments about A Spiked Balloon by Ernestine Northover

  • (5/1/2008 3:35:00 PM)

    A beautifully worded poem with a wonderful flow. You have added a sense of humour to its ingredients. A superb enjoyable work.10 (Report) Reply

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  • (4/26/2008 8:19:00 PM)

    Ernestine, I love your silly verses. They are so imaginatively conceived and creatively executed. Your puffer fish is a joy and his friend the Eel is a timely reminder of the beauty of friendship. Today's wet and soggy. Your poem has certainly lifted my spirit.
    love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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  • (4/19/2008 5:09:00 PM)

    A delight read indeed! (Report) Reply

  • C.R. Clark (4/18/2008 9:18:00 PM)

    Very interesting read, Ernestine. Reminds me of the words of the song, 'I get by with a little help from my friends.' Thanks for sharing.
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  • (4/18/2008 9:11:00 PM)

    A wonderful fun filled poem and story Ernestine, i enjoyed it very much! ! ! *10*!
    Best wishes, Friend Thad
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  • (4/18/2008 7:27:00 PM)

    a lovely piece! ! ! a pleasure to read!
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  • (4/18/2008 6:42:00 PM)

    Hello Ernestine

    A lovely poem of sea lore.....indeed of all mortal critters... furred, feathered, finned and all...
    what fun to read this.....your sense of humor is indeed a joy......well said! !

    Love, D.
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  • (4/18/2008 4:31:00 PM)

    Flippering Brilliant, what a great tale, , MORE MORE! !
    Love duncan X
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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 18, 2008

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