Stephen Katona

Silver Star - 3,374 Points (26th November 1970 / Manchester, UK)

The Weasel And The Woodpecker - Poem by Stephen Katona

Some say I'm a cunning weasel,
And planned to save some diesel,
By getting home a little quicker,
On the back of a woodpecker.

You looked like a queen,
In your radiant coat of green,
And I'd always wanted to fly,
To see the world up so high.
So I leapt on board,
And off we soared.
I was your furry anorak,
So pleased to warm your back.
I'm sorry if I gave you a fright,
On our maiden flight,
I'd never make you my meal,
So there was no need to squeal.

It's a shame that funny clicking sound,
Made me fall to the ground,
When Martin Le-May,
Photographed our cabaret.
Now please give us another chance,
Of a weasel and woodpecker romance.
Don't worry if people stare,
There's so much for us to share.
I'm very light,
Never bite,
And a really nice guy,
Now why would I lie?

Topic(s) of this poem: animals


Poet's Notes about The Poem

On Monday 2nd March 2015 in Hornchurch Country Park in Essex Martin Le-May photographed a weasel clinging to the back of a green woodpecker whilst it was flying. Experts have confirmed that the photographs are not fake. It is likely the woodpecker took off when it was attacked and the weasel fell off when it was distracted by Martin.

A sign in Hornchurch Country Park now reads: 'Home of the woodpecker-riding weasel'.

Comments about The Weasel And The Woodpecker by Stephen Katona

  • Bri Edwards (3/20/2015 3:28:00 PM)


    well this caused my to do some research! i now have seen photos of 'anoraks' (great rhyme btw) and a 'weasel riding a british woodpecker'! or not. i don't really care (too much) if it is a photo of a real ride or if someone is pulling our legs!

    i also found out, along the research-pathway, that you apparently weren't referring to a Quebec (Canada) politician, same name as 'photographer'.

    YES! Why would a weasel lie? ? we can surely trust the guy! but, who checked the sex of the critters, not that i'm against gay marriages! i'm not. if they DID have a son, they could name it Woody Woodpecker-Weasel. or would it be Woody Weasel-Woodpecker? ? ? is it POSSIBLE that the relationship was consummated in-flight before the bugger fell or jumped off?

    great reporting (for The Sun or The Mirror!) . and great rhyming as well. keep up the good work!

    bri :) to MyPoemList. are you SURE you aren't ME? ? !
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  • Valsa George (3/18/2015 5:08:00 AM)


    So interesting a story Stephen! With what ease you have narrated this funny tale of the woodpecker- weasel romance!

    Don't worry if people stare,
    There's so much for us to share...... It is so likely that people would be staring to see this rare spectacle! Very entertaining write!
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    Stephen Katona Stephen Katona (3/19/2015 4:09:00 AM)

    Thank you Valsa. I could hardly believe my eyes when I first saw the photos.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Poem Edited: Thursday, March 19, 2015


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