Wiarton Willie is his name
Prognostication is his game
Call him woodchuck, or whistle pig
Come mid-winter, his fame is big.
Wiarton Willie, first began
When Mac Mackenzie had a plan
One winter’s day in ‘56
Devised he, grandest of gimmicks.
Wiarton Willie came about
When Star reporter sought him out;
Mac, he grabbed his wife’s fur hat,
Dug snowy-burrow—that was that!
Wiarton Willie made the press
Most folks thought, “Hey! That’s b-s!”
Didn’t stop them coming round,
To spy the hog from underground.
Wiarton Willie had some flack
Kicked the bucket -–real setback.
How then, they, did that blow, soften?
Decked him out in his own coffin!
Wiarton Willie lay in state
Quite the scandal to relate—
Promoters had the public bluffed
‘Til they learned the hog was stuffed!
Wiarton Willie–not so nice
Murdered mates, not once, but twice;
Keeper kept it all hush-hush
So to keep Town Council flush.
Wiarton Willie he’s no “Phil”
Canadians use the guy to shill;
Now each year for “Groundhog Day”
He has an auction on E-bay!
© 2008 – Kathleen Mortensen