with tiny arms and legs
will prod and poke a hole in
their marble-sized white egg.
Once hatched, they’ll grow-up hairy
and have a leathery beak.
So are they some new kind of bird
whose wings became antique?
No, no. It’s not a birdy thing.
Then could it be lizard?
No. Fur won’t grow on reptiles …
unless tricked by a wizard!
At first they’re bald as pumpkins
and lap their mother’s milk.
But four months-old, a platypus
has fur like soft thick silk.
- Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #9