Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time     (by Christine Biles)


When capitillars become catipalists

the fountain of chocolate syrup sprays forth

and little orange kids with mossy green hair swim in its pool.

They’re all brown now.


When dindercella loses her slass glipper

pumpkins grow as big as castles

and Jimmy sails over the ocean inside of one.

The raging cloud hippo won’t get him in there.


When Peetie pecks a pack of parslied potatoes

the pelicans down on the pier protest

through mouthfuls of fresh and flopping fish.

Peetie keeps on pecking.


When children turn orange

from eating too many giant pumpkins,

which only started to grow

because of a missing slass glipper,

but now are unassailable sailing vessels,

which pelicans love riding on,

unless Peetie is riding on the same giant pumpkin,

pecking away like always –


And when fountains of chocolate syrup

attract green haired children to their pools

with the tricky intention of turning every one

into brown, sticky whippersnappers,

great, biting turtles, to venture forth

and find that hulking hippo in the so-called heavens

staring down at those pesky, prolific pelicans

with one dream: to eat their fabulously flopping fish –


And when parslied potatoes are sold down on the pier

that Peetie would like to call his home

and does, when all of those pelicans are out on a pumpkin,

floating with Jimmy over the ocean,

which does in fact have chocolate syrup in it

when the fountain goes a bit crazy and spills out,

attempting to slime up even more adolescents

orange skinned and green haired

who’d call that chocolate syrup pollution

if they didn’t like it so much –


When dindercella finds a pack of parslied potatoes

that Peetie had stopped pecking when he saw a slass glipper

with a capitillar hiding inside, fleeing from a gang of catipalists,

the volcano tends to erupt,

freezing people

(who once, at one point in their lives

had mossy green hair and orange skin)

in a blast of ash.

The only way to crack the catastrophic casing is a bit of laughter –

laugh, frozen people, laugh!

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