Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's ...



This week Fiction Friday is hosted by
Vonnie at My Backdoor Ministry
Stop over there for more avant-garde fiction.

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's ...
by Beth LaBuff
Topic: Australia

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree,
Merry merry king of the bush is he.
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra,
Gay your life must be!

--
Australian Folk Song by Marion Sinclair--

In the bush-land of Australia
A diverse Society
Met each week at three o’clock
To brew their billy tea.

Each member of this Aussie guild
Were seated ‘round a bog,
The wombat and the bandicoot
The sheep and dingo dog.

The crocodile sidled up
Next to the Kangaroo.
The emu and the rabbit
Came from the Uluru.

The kookaburra, merry in
The Eucalyptus tree,
The koala and the lorikeet
Treetop society.

Each member reaffirmed an oath
In lingo, fierce and strong.
They pledged the preservation of
Their outback billabong.

Until one diabolic day
That twirled them for a loop,
A devil from Tasmania
Came to infiltrate their group.

He pointed out the differences
‘Tween haves and the have-nots
Them that have the pockets
And them that haven’t got.

He incited racial hatred
With zoologic prejudice,
A billabong dissension—
Down Under outback fuss.

The koala and the kangaroo
Had the pocket attribute
Likewise the dervish devil,
The wombat and the bandicoot.

When the meeting terminated
Haves left and headed home.
The have-nots lingered at the swamp
To empathize and moan.

Then derogatory comments
With a hissed, “marsupial,”
As speculation mounted what
Their pouches might conceal.

“Perhaps they stash a boomerang—
Protection in the outback,
Or maybe a $5 note
To buy their Cheezels snack.”

“A self-contained doggy bag
For when they’re dining out,
Or perhaps to tote their lipstick
While on a walkabout.”

Kookaburra fueled the spark
Tas-devil helped create.
The mates – urged to get pockets.
The devil’s advocate!

They brain-stormed ‘bout their have-not plight
Their words – highly explicit.
They’d each construct a pocket-pouch
And then would retrofit it.

The kookaburra’s wisdom solved
Their tacky-sticky problem.
To glue the pockets on themselves
Required old gum tree gum.

The crocodile insisted that
His pocket be astride
His nose, but as he focused
His eyes became cross-eyed.

The emu had his pocket glued
Upon his feathered chest,
Where inside he could bury his head
When he became distressed.

Rabbit’s grand idea to grow
The bunny population,
Pockets-to-nurture-rabbits,
He could overrun the nation.

The dingo glued an ample pouch
On ‘bout shoulder-height.
He filled his spacious pocket with
Some Aussie Vegemite.

Next week at three o’clock when
The group convened again,
Each one had a pocket.
Glued to feathers, fur, or skin.

The have-nots then became the haves.
Attained marsupial status.
But their pockets were ill-fitted
And declared “preposterous.”

When prejudicial comments flew
The new-haves weren’t amused.
To remove their added pockets
Faux-supials felt behooved.

Backwater from the billabong
Removed the gum adhesive.
The have-nots said they’d had enough
And swiftly made their leave.

The Society disbanded.
The effort, understaffed.
The water was depleted
...And the kookaburra laughed.

Author’s note: While this story may seem far-fetched,
the kookaburra insists it is fair dinkum.

Inspiration from:
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house,
...nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.
Exodus 20:17 KJV

© Beth LaBuff -- January 2009
written for a FaithWriters.com writing challenge

11 comments:

Yvonne said...

Ha,Ha,Ha!!! just as funny as before...just love your poems, Beffy!


Vonnie

Dee Yoder said...

I love the "faux-supials", Beth! What a poem. You are a genius!

Joanne Sher said...

I LLOOVEEE this!! More each time! Marvelous, my friend!

Hoomi said...

Beth, you really should collect these into a book with illustrations worthy of their whimsy.

S.C.(S.Harricharan) said...

ROFL! This is soooo good! I love the 5$ note to buy the Cheese snacks and especially the "dingo dog" that just made me giggle, for no real reason at all. LOL. Such fun!

LauraLee Shaw said...

I sit amazed. Again. Oh my. Brilliant stuff, Beffy.

Stina Rose said...

Your poems are wonderful and so creative!

Shelley Ledfors said...

VERY cute and creative! I enjoyed this!

S.C.(S.Harricharan) said...

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Patty Wysong said...

Oh Beffers.
You da QUEEN!! This was sooooo much fun to read! I'm so glad you posted it here cuz I missed it at FW!!
Huggles!

Carly said...

Fun as always, Aunt Beth :)