The Spoonbill Generator

Benign Impostures

This egg, which sank in mercury, [Roland]

Produced a marvel when it hatched: [fester]

A heavy-metal albatross [loaf]

That took off briefly ere it crashed [fester]

And, from its wings, the silver dripped [Roland]

In iridescent droplets, as [fester]

The villagers, with arms outstretch'd [loaf]

To greet the sun, sought sanctuary: [Apsley]

The wedding guest, like quicksilver [Roland]

(That substance which we dare not name), [Apsley]

Coursed through the corridors of time [Roland]

And gave its denizens the blame [Apsley]

For trapping peoples in the rhyme [dan]

Their looks were blanker than the verse [Beefy]

And bleaker than the Oldest Game [Roland]

Played with just a shroud and hearse [Apsley]

Contributors: Roland, fester, loaf, Apsley, dan, Beefy.
Poem finished: 14th January 2002.