Gob is called away!Pardon me, my dear friends; for, an arduous journey is at hand
It takes Gob, far and deep into a treacherous never-never land
Gob hopes to return in a few moons, back to the boggy tale
Now, I'm afraid it's time to board the rickety raft, and set sail!
Gob wishes ye all, many merry days and cheers to y'er health
May the light flood ye, from the bright candles of literary wealth!
...To an epic"I trust you read the daily news Gob, especially today's essay
And that you had a nice long look at the sketch that came your way?"
"Of course!", Gob replies, setting Nicholas's opening query to rest
Secretly wonders what other details, Nicholas is going to test!
With a flapping around of those great wings, Nicholas paces around
Looks troubled and makes an undecided gentle clickety sound
"Oh, where shall I start, my dear Gob, for, the tale may wear you out!"
"Young souls, I fear, take to my narratives, like the old to painful gout!"
Gob smiles a little inwardly, at this rather amusing allegory
Hastens to promise a patient hearing and set Nicholas's fears free.
Thus assured, Nicholas embarks on an epic tale of old Boglands
Spanning hundreds of centuries that have left their mark upon the sands...
...Takes a surprising twist!To a maroon ottoman, in a blue roofed hall
Its back towards a splendid, fresco covered wall
Gob is ushered in by the many feathered Wiseman
A redolent breeze envelopes Gob, from a ceiling fan
From a tiny bag, Gob now carefully takes out the blue scroll
Nicholas grins, as Gob's absorbed actions appear rather droll!
But the grin turns to astonishment, as the scroll is unzipped
Eyes go very wide indeed, seeing the blue manuscript!
"Young Gob! Where did you get this relic from beyond?
For, my amazement knows no bounds, so pray respond!"
Gob is taken slightly aback at this rather intense reaction
For Gob expected wise Nicholas to be, not even surprised a fraction.
"Oh wise one", Gob warily asks, "what propels thee to such consternation?"
"Is my finding this simple scroll, some very unexpected aberration?"
The pearly feathers rustle around, as Nicholas summons up his breath
As they fall silent, Nicholas begins a tale, in a manner, as ponderous as death!
Amongst feathers!Gob enters a wonderland, the official Wiseman home
And fascinated, gazes up the curves, of an alabaster dome
Gob's reverie is broken, as a powerful flutter of wings
Fills the air around, with an unseen ripple of rings
Nicholas, with his shrewd eyes, watches Gob, intent
And now proceeds to say, in a sing-song accent
"So dear Gob, what brings you here, at this hour of dusk?
Have you too come seeking, some elusive fragrance of musk?"
"Oh no!", Gob replies, "I come seeking thy mighty wisdom,
So that the light of knowledge can banish my dark thralldom!"
At this, Nicholas smiles, and the feathers rustle again
Gob feels strangely comforted, and very near a fleeting zen
The melodious voice comes through once more, as if in a dream
Gob realizes that the feathers are giving out a peculiar gleam
Iridescent and pearly, they seem to have a life of their own
After all, with Nicholas, over innumerable lands have they flown
"Whatever be your quest, Gob, let's have it out over a cup of brew!"
Gob couldn't have wanted anything more, and beams over a "Thank You!"