Get Your Ducks In A Row!

Here’s another poem I’ve posted before, most of you have probably seen it, but some of you might have missed it. It’s one of those silly things that just popped into my head when I heard the title one day. We’ve all been there, and done this, in one way or another, so I hope you get a chuckle out of it. It was a natural for the Bluebell Books Short Story Slam this week, so here it is again. I intend to write a story to go with the prompt sometime today or tomorrow, too.

Ducks In A Row


Get your ducks in a row, the boss yelled

You best your stuff in one sack

Get your act together, he screamed

Or tomorrow we won’t need you back


Well, I had no idea what he meant

So I started to pace and fret

I don’t own any ducks, I thought

My predicament caused me to sweat


Noon came around and away I flew

Drove fast to the nearest mall

Purchased a book of duck tricks

And a quite expensive duck call


Raced out of town to lake

Used the duck call that cost twenty bucks

Was worth it, for out of the reeds

Came a waddling, six little ducks


I’m quacking up, I thought to myself

For there wasn’t another soul there

I got out the book of duck tricks

And duck act I began to prepare

I tried everything in the trick book

But them ducks seemed none too bright

Then the answer came suddenly to me

Above my head shone a bulb of light


Drove back to the office post haste

The monkey was near off my back

Told the boss, they’re not in a row, but

Would you settle for six ducks in a sack


Copyright © 1998 C. Mashburn



  1. terri0729 said

    LOL! Loved it Charlie. Blessings, Terri

    • Thank you, Terri! Just finished the story, but might wait until tomorrow morning to post it.

  2. Nicole said


  3. Haha, superb! Really made me chuckle.

  4. Morning said

    detailed and fun words.

    Thanks for sharing.


  5. thingy said

    LOL. Thanks for the chuckle. Hee-hee.

    • You are quite welcome, Thingy! Glad you enjoyed it, and I appreciate the comment!

  6. dswan2 said

    Oh, Charles, I love this! And I love those lines that come of their own volition and write themselves in spite of our uptight adult ways! Thanks too for your lovely comments on my own poetry.

  7. ducks are bright, we can never underestimate any animals.

    divine sentiments.

  8. chris said

    Thanks for the laugh! Great little story/poem. (Poor ducks!)

  9. That was quite fun to read! Made me laugh and sounded like a day in my house and in my mind.

    • I know what you mean, Elizena. Some days can be like that!
      Thank you for the visit and comments!

  10. RahafIbrahim ∞ said


  11. What happens when a duck flies upside down?

    He quacks up!

    Sorry, I will slap myself…

    • That’s not the way I heard that one, John. Can’t tell mine though. This is a G rated blog!
      Thanks for the comment!

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