Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE FLAMINGO, by LEWIS GAYLORD CLARK



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THE FLAMINGO, by            
First Line: Oh! Tell me have you ever seen a red, long-leg'd flamingo?
Last Line: A water bird, a gawky bird, a sing'lar bird, by jingo!
Subject(s): Bodies; Flamingos; Voices


FIRST VOICE

OH! tell me have you ever seen a red, long-leg'd Flamingo?
Oh! tell me have you ever yet seen him the water in go?

SECOND VOICE

Oh! yes at Bowling-Green I've seen a red long-leg'd Flamingo,
Oh! yes at Bowling-Green I've there seen him the water in go.

FIRST VOICE

Oh! tell me did you ever see a bird so funny stand-o
When forth he from the water comes and gets upon the land-o?

SECOND VOICE

No! in my life I ne'er did see a bird so funny stand-o
When forth he from the water comes and gets upon the land-o.

FIRST VOICE

He has a leg some three feet long, or near it, so they say, Sir.
Stiff upon one alone he stands, t'other he stows away, Sir.

SECOND VOICE

And what an ugly head he's got! I wonder that he'd wear it.
But rather more I wonder that his long, thin neck can bear it.

FIRST VOICE

And think, this length of neck and legs (no doubt they have their uses)
Are members of a little frame, much smaller than a goose's!

BOTH

Oh! isn't he a curious bird, that red, long-leg'd Flamingo?
A water bird, a gawky bird, a sing'lar bird, by jingo!





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