- Published: 01 August 2016 01 August 2016
Dream of a Spelling Bee - Leicester Chronicle, 22 January 1876:
Menageries where sleuth-hounds caracole,
Where jaguar phalanx and phlegmatic gnu
Fright ptarmigan and kestrels, cheek by jowl
With peewit and precocious cockatoo.
Gaunt seneschals in crotchety cokades
With seine-nets trawl for porpoise in lagoons:
With scullions gauge erratic escapades
Of madrepores, in water-logged galleons.
Flamboyant tryptyche groined with gherkins green
In reckless fricas with coquettish bream:
Ecstatic gargoyles, with grotesque chagrin,
Garnish with gruesom nightmare of my dream!