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Sandy recently wrote this delightful poem for one of his grandkids when they used the expression "Lucky Ducks" in one of their emails.
Just how did the "The Lucky Duck" come to be?
How could it be, a feathered bird, that waddles in the muck
Could ever earn the moniker of "so you’re the lucky duck"?
Why not pick a llama, or a tortoise or a hare?
So one could easily remark, "see that lucky llama over there"
Well, listen close dear friend as I share the real story
Of how this waddling bird went from near death to quoted glory
You see, GOD had no intention when he created animals around
To create any sort of animal that uttered forth an ugly sound
Even lions with their jungle roars were pleasing to HIS ears,
And HE loved the sound of birds who sang, whenever they were near
But I assure you GOD was startled and taken quite aback
When first HE heard a duck with that irritating quack!
So, when GOD first spoke to Noah about the building of an ark
He said "take not those ugly ducklings and we’ll leave here after dark"
At so it was, when flooded waters did rise to cleanse the earth
The ark, did float away in spite of size and bloated girth
And left behind, two ugly ducks, ill favored by HIS grace
Looked around to see the land disappear into the space
Quacking very loud they proclaimed "injustice to the birds"
But there was not a living soul to hear their quacking little words
You see, GOD had thought the duck was just another "bird-in-hand"
And since they couldn’t fly so well, should just waddle on the land
HE had no idea after watching such ungainly stride
That a duck could even FLOAT when high waters came with tide
Our two, still noisy, friends just paddled along the way
And when a dove bought back a twig according to the lore
Just guess who was a waiting as Noah opened up the door?
Taken back and shaken for he would have thought the earth was bare
He saw two floating, paddling ducks quacking over there
On seeing this he shouted, "From death, the two of you are plucked
From now on and forever you shall be known as Lucky Ducks!"
So now, dear friend you know the truth, cast aside by GOD’S own wrath
Two birds were left behind because they were believed to walk on paths
They found that they could float and a good life they never lacked
Except that still the world must listen to that loud and awful quack!