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Git Yer Ducks in a Row

Story ID:7082
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:1930
Person:Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Git Yer Ducks in a Row

“Git yer Ducks in a Row”

While listening to two farmers talking
Many years ago
I first heard the expression
You should “Git yer ducks in a row”

Made no sense to me
As this farmer got into his truck
That Farmer they were talking about
Didn’t have a single duck

I forgot about this expression
As the farmer drove away
Dismissed this conversation
And went out side to play.

Decades later I saw a photograph
That jogged my memory
About something I heard years ago
And then it hit me

This old Lady duck
Standing on a tree limb
With a dozen of her ducklets
(My word)
Teaching them to swim.

This mother duck
Had her “ducklets in a row”
They weren’t in a hurry
Who would be the first to go?

Mama duck entered the water
They followed one by one
With tiny little splashes
In the morning sun

When they were all in the water
Lady Duck with her Ducklets in tow
Swam across the pond
She had “Her Ducks in Row.”

Monte L. Manka 04-09-11