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Just Ducky, A Waterfowl Poem


Mark Tulin is an author who lives in California. He has four books of poetry and one short story collection, available on Amazon.

Daffy, Donald, and Dingus

Daffy, Donald, and Dingus

What do Ducks Symbolize?

Ducks embody clarity, family, love, vigilance, intuition, nurturing, protection, feelings, self-expression, balance, grace and strength, among other things. The male duck is a figure of happiness, while the female is negative and sad, which doesn't sound so lucky. But perhaps that's where the balance comes in.

For me, Ducks signify humor because I grew up watching Daffy and Donald. I enjoyed the Marx Brother's Duck Soup. I heard my grandfather always say, You wanna buy a duck? and everyone laughed. I heard actors on TV telling each other not to be a sitting duck or soldiers saying duck! to avoid getting hurt. And Elmer Fudd used to hunt Bugs and Daffy in the cartoon Duck! Rabbit, Duck!

Whatever your own duck memories and meanings are, I hope all your ducks are in a row. Enjoy Just Ducky.

Poem: Just Ducky

Three mallard males—
Daffy, Donald, and Dingus
each with web feet
and fluffy rumps,
venture from the pond,
hardly a quack or a whistle,
looking for a quick snack
somewhere in the brush
Where do we go from here
now that we’re free?
Do we stick together
or flap our wings wildly?

The three quarreled a bit,
but learned to get along
in their travels through town,
checking out the newly cut lawns,
exploring the playgrounds,
avoiding the noisy kids
or men on speeding bikes
There is a time for exploring,
and a time to stay close
The mallards waddle on instinct
not knowing where and when,
they’ll be roasted or glazed Mandarin.

Video Poem: Just Ducky by Mark Tulin


Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on May 20, 2021:

Thank you, Chitrangada, They’re such friendly creatures to enjoy. Stay safe and healthy.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on May 20, 2021:

I feel honored by their presence, too, Shauna. They are quite entertaining and make me forget about the annoying parts of my day. They always move so determined as if they have important places to go.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 18, 2021:

An enjoyable poem, with beautiful pictures of the ducks. I enjoy watching their movements, in the nearby park, with artificial lakes.

Your recitation in the video is the icing on the cake.

Thank you for sharing.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 18, 2021:

I love this, Mark. I have a family of ducks that have been visiting my property lately to snack on whatever it is in my yard they find tasty. I feel honored that they come to my house from the retention pond they live in two blocks down the road. They're funny to watch. Their tails wiggle back and forth as they nibble in the yard. They always bring a smile to my face when they show up.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on May 11, 2021:

Me, too,Linda. They’re so nice and friendly that they seem vulnerable.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 10, 2021:

I enjoy watching mallard ducks. I often see a male and a female in the creek at the bottom of my road. I hope Daffy, Donald, Dingus, and my duck neighbours stay safe!

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on May 10, 2021:

Yes, Marlene. I used to play that too.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on May 10, 2021:

Duck, Duck, Goose! That's a duck saying I remember. I enjoyed reading your poem. It is really entertaining.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on May 10, 2021:

Thanks, Lorna. Now you have me thinking of duck eggs.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on May 10, 2021:

Thanks, Brenda. I hope they don’t know they’ll be on somebody’s table. But after writing this poem, no more Peking Duck for me.

Lorna Lamon on May 10, 2021:

Safety in numbers Mark yet they still managed to lose the fourth one. I love everything about ducks and am partial to a duck egg. Great poem, lovely images.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 09, 2021:

I never knew the females were negative while the males were happy, but I guess that explains why they get upset at the park.

Nice poem.

Do you think they know they will be glazed with mandarin?

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on May 09, 2021:

Thanks, John. I must have lost one along the way. The fourth one was a little slippery.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on May 09, 2021:


John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 09, 2021:

Ducks are indeed interesting birds as well as popular cartoon characters. This was a fun poem, Mark, but who was the fourth mallard duck? I could only count three, Donald, Daffy and Dingus.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on May 09, 2021:

Thanks, Peggy. I hope your ducks are happy.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2021:

I enjoyed reading your poem and then getting to listen to you reciting it. We have plenty of mallards in our area too.

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