Whirligig 6: Belinda

Delinquent Donkey

Belinda our mystic donkey
was a contrary soul –
take her for a walk southward and she’d stop dead,
dig her hooves into the soil.
Change direction
she’s all sweetness and light –
no consolation
if you need to go the other way.
Desperate for  sleep?
She’ll bray all night.
Small child on her back –
no bother –
soon dumped in the pond.
Twenty paces up the lane,
she’ll change her mind again
steering her feeble owner home.
Tie her up to groom,
you feel breath hot on your bum,
skip to one side to avoid the nip.
Leaning on you with all her weight
you stagger away,
cursing the pestilence
that is Belinda.

The whirligig wordle words today are   –: southward, feeble, soil, hollow, purple, twenty, donkey, breath, leaning, mystic, pestilence, consolation   

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21 Responses to Whirligig 6: Belinda

  1. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Belinda and I would soon come to an understanding, I think, especially about dumping hapless children into the pond. No, Belinda, no!

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  2. Was she a real donkey? Tell us more!

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  3. catterel says:

    The spirit of Belinda lives on – I think I know where!

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  4. peggygoetz says:

    What a fun poem this is. I love the story of Belinda the donkey. I so enjoy seeing where different poets take the same words.

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  5. Sounds like quite the contrary character!! Nicely wordled, Viv!

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  6. Mr. Walker says:

    I like the story you told here, from mystic to pestilence.

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  7. Cressida says:

    This explains a lot….French donkey syndrome !

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  8. annell4 says:

    A delightful write!

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  9. That poem was lovely and made laugh and a bit melancholy. Sounds like you miss that contrary soul. I was married to a man like that. 🙂

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  10. tialys says:

    She sounds like a real ‘character’.

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  11. oldegg says:

    They certainly have minds of their own and are as stubborn as Mules (even if they are not).

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  12. Jae Rose says:

    I think I would like Belinda – she reminds me of a certain little someone..thank you for making me smile this morning 🙂

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