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~~~ Menagerie ~~~

Updated on June 13, 2013

~ Trouble At The Zoo ~


A worm closed the beak, of a blackbird, and cried,

Enough!, ‘Cos of you, all my friends, they have died! “

An aphid, and ladybird wrestled a bout,

Whilst a cat punched a butterfly, and knocked him clean out.

Fly gave arachnid, a terrible shock,

As she tied up his legs, with her sheep-shanking knot.

Slick snake, made a fortune, by selling his venom,

To a thousand new silk worms, all dressed up in denim.


Monkey behaved, but iguana grew scatty,

As the tiger dined out, on his vegetable pate’

A buzzard, flew round, in a perfect-shaped square,

Nellie traded her trunk, with a mare, for her hair.

Shrill sparrow, subpoenaed, her restraining order,

‘Gainst a woodlouse, that prowled, round her leafy-bushed border.

The pig was thrown out, of a Jewish Bar Mitzvah,

Then Ramadan Dan, ate his cow, now he missed her.


Voles coughed, pealed thunder, sloths sprinted streaked lightning;

Hibernious hares, dreamed of something exciting.

Cool rabbit, showed Beagles, a clean pair of heels,

As she flew through the park, to deprive them of meals.

Sweet pups, hitched a ride, on a giant, slow flea,

Who transported them home, then invited for tea.

A mouse scared the owl, just by squeaking a shout,

And then turned on the lion, as she gave him a clout.


Old flashy-shelled tortoise, stubbed out his cigar,

On the tail, of a startled blue budgerigar.

As hippos looked on, it all seemed kind of funny,

As a pheasant, wing-wrestled, fat penguin for money.

So, if you decide, to soon visit this base,

And are vexed, by strange things that go on at this place;

Why the snake, and the mole, and the bear, and the bird,

Ganged up on the mouse, as her throat gently purred,

Then please search no further, than here, I have heard,

To this chapter, that plays theatre of the absurd.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      This is definitely trouble at the zoo. LOL! This was a really fun read and the pictures were more than appropriate for the absurdity that you playfully penned! Voted it up!

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Lol! How did I know that you would be here like lightning writinglover? Like that genie, you pop up again in a flash, but I've no need to make a wish, as it has already come true : )

      Thanks a million, and I hopefully will drop by soon. :)

      R.Q.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      DId you expect anything less of me? LOL! Just kidding! :D

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      WL....Lol! You're so fast, I reckon you should be outfitted for your first super-heroine costume. :)

      R.Q.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      I'll probably be the female version of "The Flash." LOL!

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      WL.You got it! Saving cats, stuck in trees, and foiling bank robbers, Miss Flash :)

      R.Q.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      I walk away for a couple of minutes....

      This is absolutely adorably funny! Writinglover's right; these pictures are perfect... I definitely giggled along the way. 'Whilst a cat punched a butterfly, and knocked him clean out.' I loved that one and it honestly had little to nothing to do with the obvious... but the violent nature, combined with your special language 'whilst' and a gently creature like the butterfly? lol

      Awesome... not too often do I get to use the funny button on your page :D

      Cat

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Cat

      Two of my favourite girls are here! :) Glad you liked it - I took the inspiration from an old show that used to be on T.V. as a kid, called 'The Wind In The Willows', and just gave it a wacky twist.Thanks for the great comments, babe.

      R.Q.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations on your zoo vocabulary. You do place me at the zoo with "the snake, and the mole, and the bear, and the bird," plus all the activity. Well done!

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Thank you MsDora.It is one strange zoo lol!

      Many thanks for dropping by, and humouring me.

      Yours Sincerely,

      Romeo's Quill

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Oh me goodness; I remember that show!!! I actually have a book too! :D

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Cat

      I remember that my sister was into it, and that's what brought it to mind - glad to hear that some shows carried over to the States as well, because we received loads of your T.V exports over here, like we was on about last time, notably all of the Hannah-Barbera stuff.

      R.Q.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      R.Q.

      I remember researching 80's cartoons and seeing a list of cartoons that aired in America but originated over your way. I just went looking for it now, but no such luck. Truthfully, I didn't even realize the 'Wind in the Willows' belongs to you guys... I had never thought about it... but now it's got me wondering :D

      Cat

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Cat

      I'm not sure what version you had over there in the States, but there was an animated one I remember, in the early eighties, which we saw on T.V., in a weekly series, and I've heard that a few movies(Disney?) had been made from the book by the Scot, Kenneth Grahame.

      R.Q.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      R.Q.

      We're talking about the same 'Wind in the Willows', I guess I was just saying that when you're watching tv over here as a kid you don't think about where it comes from... our if you do, you just assume everything is American... oblivious to other places. I was trying to find out what other things we were watching over here in America that originated over there that I wasn't aware of as a kid, that's all.

      Disney? Could very well be, I'm not sure. I know of some Disney movies with characters that have English accents if that means anything?

      Cat

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Nice. Voted up.

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Thank you jabelufiroz.

      Yours Sincerely,

      Romeo's Quill

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      What a wild zoo! Sounds wacky and fun.

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hi Kathryn

      You're not kidding lol! If it wasn't for the exotic creatures mentioned, maybe I would have called it ' The Funny Farm ' :)

      Have a lovely weekend in Boston, and I hope you get some sunny weather your way;

      Yours Sincerely,

      R.Q.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Very clever and voted up Romeo.

      Eddy.,

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Thank you Eddy; Here's hoping that you receive good weather for your weekend in illustrious Wales.

      Best wishes,

      R.Q.

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