For his ninth prelude, Debussy chose to honour S. Pickwick. As members of Coo & Co are not blessed with time to read the Pickwick Papers, we compose a brief and random poem inspired by the title of the first paper :>)

Homage to S. Pickwick

Title of first paper: 'Speculations on the Source of the Hampstead Ponds, with some Observations on the Theory of Tittlebats'

The Hampstead Ponds are found on hilly Hampstead Heath,
   which lies within the northern part of London town,
and what might be their source? what features lie beneath?
   let's muse awhile, well clothed in springtime hat and gown.

Discerning springs, we think of something sub terra,
   an unseen river flowing underneath our feet
until its rising yonder, where the pondings are,
   and running onwards, all the way to famous Fleet.

Behold, a three-spined tittlebat in zigzag dance,
   the male it must be, courting ladies with his moves;
here's one, bestowing much more than a passing glance…
   and off they shimmy, smiling, into breeding grooves.

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Written on 2019-06-03 at 19:59

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Wasn't Pickwick Papers a magazine run by Charles Dickens? I think I'll have to research a bit to find out more. Anyway, 'tis a fine poem, lyrical, rich in vivid details. The imagery of dancing tittlebat made me smile. You describe the pond and fish in an interesting way!