An Amazonian Proverb

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An Amazonian proverb screeched by a flailing bird

By all the forest creatures one balmy day was heard.

A multi-coloured parrot flying just for fun

Fell towards the river and into it did plunge.


An Amazonian gentleman canoeing by the spot

Turned to his companion and said - not a lot -

But - in his mind he pondered the proverb of the day

And then he sagely nodded in an Amazonian way.


What was the wisdom given, descending from the trees,

By that multi-colour parrot flying just to tease?

As best as remember, as best as I recall,

'T was, “'T is better to have flied and flailed

Than not to have flied at all.”


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Sat 18th May 2019 11:29

Thank you muchly, Dorothy, Brian, Jane.
Dorothy - don't worry I'll take all the groans I can get. Go well ><>

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Fri 17th May 2019 21:57

Rhyme & great reason. Excellent...loved this!

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Thu 16th May 2019 18:12

You are right, a groan did sound derogatory - sorry Fish - it really is very funny and a delight to read.
I did laugh first -

- and then I groaned.


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Brian Maryon

Wed 15th May 2019 21:06

Not a groan for me as the content and punchline have been cleverly worked.

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Wed 15th May 2019 19:42

I would like to give one long - loud groan - but I do not know how to print it.


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