The Spoonbill Generator

The Popemobile In Escrow

I have it in mind to purchase a pie [P]

To feed to my several kin [Roland]

Before they all starve and grow thin [P]

Or start to feel low and get high [Roland]

By indulging in some sort of sin [P]

Yet bakers are notably thin on the ground [Roland]

For a reason I cannot reveal [P]

You might guess the absence of meal [Roland]

For less than ten guineas a pound [TG]

Which isn't a very good deal. [Roland]

To hand-raise a pie takes great expertise [TG]

Takes secrecy silent and dark [Roland]

It should not be done for a lark [TG]

Nor even to torment or tease [Roland]

The Princess of Paddington Park [TG]

They incubate, ten at a time [Roland]

(To incubate more were a waste) [TG]

And any that fail are replaced [Anon.]

By using the proceeds of crime [TG]

For purposes seemly and chaste [P]

My kinfolk depend on my bringing them food [TG]

From the market that meets in the town [P]

But I 'm left with a scant half a crown [TG]

Which , no matter how it is viewed [Roland]

Will not buy enough to go roun' [TG]

Contributors: P, Roland, TG.
Poem finished: 26th August 2003.