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An Avery Primer


Master John Inchingham           


(Sing alphabet, then “Za za za za za!”)

“A”  is for Avery Austringer;
“B,” his wife, Berengeria;
“C,” caster of pewter and plans;
“D,” doomed like Daedalus to say, “I can!”
        Da da da da da!

“E”  -magine a fable by Aesop
“F”  of a fox who loves to plot
“G,” grandiose schemes. The title would be
“H"   . . . Hand of Helium Eat Avery!”
        Ha cha cha cha cha!

“I,”  and idea in the night came to him:
“J,”  dreamed he conjured up and extra limb.
“K,” ‘twas a kooky plan but Avery crept to
“L,”  laboratory while wise wife snoozed!
        La la lullaby!

“M,” he marched naked down dim stairs
“N,” to the nether cellars bare.
“O,” opened Avery the dungeon door and
“P,”  perpitrated an alchemist horror!
        Panic! Panic! Yikes!

“Q,” for his quest, out of pewter, he made
“R”  -m bones and wrist bones and fingers of clay;
“S,” saturated them with solar gas;
“T,” told that golem hand to do odd tasks!
        Tsk tsk tsk tsk tsk!

“U”  know as well as I what happened next:
“V,” that involuntary limb was vexed;
“W,” it latched unto that wacky fox;
“X”  -creted into him the Daedalus Pox!
        Ecky ecky ex!

“Y”  ise Berengeria awoke from her cot.
“Z    . . . zounds, my husband is a three-armed zealot!”
And now, when one is needed for a cunning plan,
We all know Avery will raise his helium hand!
        Ha cha cha cha cha!

“A” is for Avery Austringer.

© 2003 Steve Katlack
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