Once upon his beak unshaven
waxed a mustache on the raven
much deplored by his lovely mate.
With her voice all filled with dread,
“It looks and smells of something dead
and squelches e’er my lust to procreate.”
His wish to remain mustachioed
nay stout as fear he’d ne’er unload
in feathered bed beyond yon chamber door.
His shaven beak nay longer dead
quoth he, “Now hath I beardless head”
and buried alive his nib forever more.
Carl “Papa” Palmer of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway, Virginia, lives in University Place, Washington. He is retired from the military and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enjoying life as “Papa” to his grand descendants and being a Franciscan Hospice volunteer. Carl is a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and Micro Award nominee. PAPA’s MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever!