A Duck in Socks (a chance operation poem)


Tricks come easy for a duck in socks —
to battle these beetles and make tick tocks.
A bottle for cheese can break these clocks.
Won’t you be quick sir, and choose a box?
My mouth bends and I blubber for a minute.
A sock can be easy, when to sew these isn’t.
I come in quick with new socks to get
you to sew for me in a sock battle. Get it?
These bricks make breaks in three-trick goo
and a broom and a box can’t stop what you do.
Look sir, here’s a hose, and a sock on Sue.
Will you call Mr. Knox to sew for you?
My socks are easy for some to be in.
Joe isn’t slow — this luck’s for Ben.
Socks can get mixed, and stop tricks, when
you get a poodle and a fox duddled in.
Sue’s socks are slick and Joe sews some.
When a poodle and a duck sew, now paddles come.
A band breaks slow, when the tweetle socks come.
Won’t you have a minute now, to make Ben some?
I say very slow, look sir, that’s my sock.
Will you sew it quick, and get my box?
Will you be quick when the clocks tick tock?
My poodle can’t battle with a quick-trick fox.

POETIC FORM: A Chance Operation Poem




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PoMoSco (Poetry Month Scouts)
Found Poetry Review’s 2015 National Poetry Month Project

– April 2015 – 213 poets joined together as a troop to earn digital merit badges for completing experimental and found poetry prompts.
– Prompts are divided into five categories – remixing, erasure, out and about, conceptual and chance operation.
– Each category offers six distinct badges to be earned.
– Poets choose their own source text.
– For more information, check out pomosco.com.

A dear friend and fabulous poet, Von Thompson, is a participant. When she told me about the challenge, I decided to play along at home.


SOURCE: Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss


Word List:

a an and band battle be beetle beetles Ben bends Bim’s blubber bottle box breaks bricks brings broom call can can’t cheese choose clocks come comes do duck duddled easy for fox get goes goo grows have here’s hose I in is isn’t Joe Knox lakes like look lots luck’s make minute mixed mouth Mr. my new now on paddles play poodle quick say sew sews sir slick slow sneeze socks some stop Sue Sue’s that’s their these they this three tick to tocks too trick tricks tweetle very what when where whose with won’t you