Your ‘Consulting Detective’ wishes all a Happy Christmas!

“The Petrel Christmas Tree”

Five orange pips,
A bicycle,
A photo of the Queen,
A Christmas goose,
A speckled band,
A tie-pin — emerald green.

A coronet,
Some dancing men,
A devil-hound — ’tis true!
A fat cockroach,
An old clay pipe,
A carbuncle or two.

A deep-red cardinal Tosca,
A magnifying glass,
A mazarine stone and mogul,
Pince-nez, gold not brass!

A violin, a man’s lost thumb,
A big, fat bumble bee,
A silhouette and deerstalk cap
Atop our Petrel tree!

(1999 by Fran M.)