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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Poetry Corner

Gorges had a good poem up at his blog that bumped a memory of a poem I read and forgot almost 40 years ago. I am not a fan of poetry - except for the dirties and limericks - but this one came bubbling up from the fetid, intellectual sewer of my subconscious after reading the nice poem Gorges posted. We heard this poem as a class in grade 8 and all us stupid kids were hard pressed to keep from giggling about it - and of course, the message was lost on us.

Three men I saw beside a bar,
Regarding o'er their bottle,
A frog who smoked a rank cigar
They'd jammed within its throttle.

A Pasha frog it must have been
So big it as and bloated;
And from its lips the nicotine
In graceful festoon floated.

And while the trio jeered and joked,
As if it quite enjoyed it,
Impassively it smoked and smoked,
(It could now well avoid it).

A ring of fire its lips were nigh
Yet it seemed all unwitting;
It could not spit, like you and I,
Who've learned the art of spitting.

It did not wink, it did not shrink,
As there serene it squatted'
Its eyes were clear, it did not fear
The fate the Gods allotted.

It squatted there with calm sublime,
Amid their cruel guying;
Grave as a god, and all the time
It knew that it was dying.

And somehow then it seemed to me
These men expectorating,
Were infinitely less than he,
The dumb thing they were baiting.

It seemed to say, despite their jokes:
"This is my hour of glory.
It isn't every frog that smokes:
My name will live in story."

Before its nose the smoke arose;
The flame grew nigher, nigher;
And then I saw its bright eyes close
Beside that ring of fire.

They turned it on its warty back,
From off its bloated belly;
It legs jerked out, then dangled slack;
It quivered like a jelly.

And then the fellows went away,
Contented with their joking;
But even as in death it lay,
The frog continued smoking.

Life's like a lighted fag, thought I;
We smoke it stale; then after
Death turns our belly to the sky:
The Gods must have their laughter.
I'm sorry. But even though I'm 52 and not 14 -
I still can't resist a little sport with this poem despite its grim message.
Pepe The Frog is included with this strictly
for dramatic and artistic merit,
and in no way represents the manageMINT's bigoted, sexist, homophobic
and utterly deplorable views about Hillary Clinton and
her associated lickspittles supporters.

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