Our friend, Andrew McLeod sent us his new puffin poem, thanks Andrew!

A Very Grand Affair

Mr. Puffin’s wedding
Was a very grand affair.
All his distant cousins
From the Hebrides were there.

Dressed in silk tuxedos
They arrived in single file,
Looking rather nervous
As they shuffled down the aisle.

Soon the bride herself arrived
Upon a seashell carriage,
Pulled by sixteen walruses
Who’d come to see the marriage.

Waiting at the pulpit
Was a dignified Great Auk.
He hushed the congregation
Then began to slowly talk.

‘Do you take this puffin
For your lawful, wedded wife?
To cherish and protect her
And to love her all your life?’

‘I do!’ cried Mr. Puffin
As he fumbled with the ring,
And weeping salty tears of joy
He slipped it on her wing.

‘I now pronounce you bird and wife!’
The Great Auk proudly said.
Many birds began to sniff
And several tears were shed.

II
The newlyweds’ reception
Was a wonderful success!
Everybody raved about
The bride’s exquisite dress.

The music was enchanting
And the seafood was divine.
Everybody helped themselves
To caviar and wine.

The razorbill was riotous
And danced a mad quadrille,
Balancing a glass of punch
And trying not to spill.

The gannet gobbled everything,
(Including several guests).
He tried to kiss a kittiwake
And made himself a pest.

The guillemot was garrulous
And told the same old tale,
About the time he hitched a ride
Upon a humpback whale.

Eventually the newlyweds
Got tired and went to bed.
‘Such a lovely couple!’
As the oystercatcher said.

Mr. Puffin’s wedding
Was a very grand affair.
All the birds attended,
Such a shame you weren’t there!

© Copyright Andrew MacLeod 2013