Hoggle-honk

Is it the sound of greylag geese,
as they graze the marshes
bordering the North Sea?

Maybe it is an old Midlands term
for the smell of a pig farm,
usually at some distance.

Perhaps it is the utterance
of a small boy, exasperated
by the taunts of his brothers:
Mega-bega, hoggle-honk,
buffalo-bison, boiled egg!

 

 

 

 

Richard Ball works for the NHS.  He is a regular open mic reader at Cafe Writers.