Friday, April 8, 2011

If Only!



THURSDAY THINK-TANK
'Headlines'

IF ONLY

Tomorrow's Headlines! I kid you not!
Ones that are sure to hit the spot!
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CANCER DEFEATED! A CERTAIN CURE!
POLLUTED WATERS NOW COMPLETELY PURE!
TEENAGERS GROWING MORE CONTROLLED!
CHILDREN NOW DOING WHAT THEY'RE TOLD!
CO2 REDUCED WORLD WIDE!
POLITICIAN ADMITS HE LIED!
GLOBAL WARMING NOW REVERSED!
AFRICAN CHILDREN NO LONGER THIRST!
DEADLY DISEASE STRIKES DRUG SUPPLY.
AUSTRALIAN DESERT NO LONGER DRY!
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Tomorrow's Headlines I bring to you.
If only they were half-way true!
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DIGNITY AND IMPUDENCE!

They had sailed so regally to the appointed spot,
Where the tit-bits were on display.
No begging, no demanding;
Just eyes and beaks at the ready.
Their wakes had been smooth, unruffled,
As befits royalty.
A toss!
Maybe a crust,
Maybe a meaty-bite,
Maybe (for toddlers do not distinguish!)
A sweetie!
Whatever it was
It disappeared in one elegant gulp.
As befits personages.
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Then the gulls descended!
A rough, tough, squawking bunch
Of predators!
Definitely low-class!
Suddenly all was flurry!
Tumble!
Dive!
Shriek!
Even the pelicans
Clacked their beaks
With menace!
Would that we all had
Good Manners!
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3 comments:

Old Ollie said...

Send me a copy of that paper!

Nice!

Isabel Doyle said...

headlines we could all use - nicely framed optimism

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh I so love your headlines - they sure are happier ones than I wrote about. I was bummed out all day:) Love it. And the poem about the birds - ahem, personages - is just delightful!