Paterson the Puffin

(Copyright©Andrew MacLeod, 2011)

A Most Peculiar Bird

Paterson the Puffin

Was a most unusual bird.

Many of his friends agreed

His looks were quite absurd.

His plumage it was black and white,

His beak was red and yellow.

His feet were orange like a clown’s –

A most peculiar fellow!



Now puffins are ‘monogamous’,

(Which means they mate for life),

And Paterson was truly fond

Of his sweet puffin wife.



They lived upon a craggy isle

Beyond the western coast,

Where other seabirds often smiled

To hear his proud wife boast,

O Paterson my Paterson!

Sweet parrot of the sea!

You truly are the king of birds,

Fit for a queen like me!



Now Paterson could barely fly

And when he tried to land,

He’d either crash into the sea

Or bounce across the sand!

O Paterson my Paterson!

Proud master of the ocean!

You truly are magnificent,

Sheer poetry in motion!



The others laughed at Paterson

And when he tried to sing,

They’d cover up their ears and shout,

‘Good heavens! What a din!’

O Paterson my Paterson!

Sweet songbird of delight!

Sing a song of love for me

Beneath the stars tonight!



His dancing it was clumsy

And he capered like a goon!

His orange feet they flipped and flopped

Beneath the silv’ry moon.

O Paterson my Paterson!

Sweet prince of the Atlantic!

Your really are quite elegant,

And hopelessly romantic!



But he could dive beneath the waves

And dance amongst the fishes.

He caught a dozen for his wife

Who found them quite delicious!

O Paterson my Paterson!

Sweet emperor of me!

Such lovely gifts you bring me

From the bottom of the sea!


Andrew MacLeod is an english teacher from Glasgow, Scotland. “Paterson the Puffin” is part of a larger body of work about Scottish wildlife in general, entitled ‘Thistledown and Birdsong’.  Andrew shared his poem with us to share with all of you. Thank you Andrew!