Thursday, February 27, 2014

Without Pride Or Prejudice

Noting this without pride or prejudice
Old books are poised on a precipice.
Second hand Jane Austens in my locality
Are going for mere cents and sensibility.

(c) Bhaskar Khaund

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Giraffes Are Gentlemen

On decorum and protocol
The giraffe stands very tall.
Crime pages on the Telegraph
Never feature any Giriffraff

(With due nods, respects and deference to the one and only Ogden Nash)

(c) Bhaskar Khaund

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Yo ! Hippo ! (or , Making A Hash Of Nash)

So large is the African  hippopotamus 
A single one makes a river over-populous.
"One hippo is company" they say aloud
"Two hippos ? ... A crowd ! "

Although touristy and popular
The hippo's not jovial or jocular.
It remains silent and in stasis
As though under hipponosis.

A hippopotamus is rarely if ever emotional.
Melodramatic hippos are purely notional.
The hippo hallmark is a marked reticence
To display feelings of guilt or innocence.

I have it in good authority from a ranger
That an upset hippo poses a danger. 
If you ever give a hippo a hoick
It is unlikely to remain stoic.

A man who once tried to tease a hippo
Found that was no way to please a hippo.
Another who tried to stimulate it with books
Now happens to emulate its looks.

The hippopotamus to us  is pure mystery !
What are its hobbies ? What's its history ?
Does it care about its habitat being in a mess ?
On current evidence , it  couldn't care less.

About the musical tastes of the hippopotamus
Not  very much is known to us.
Does it prefer classical , jazz , or pop ? 
Perhaps  just a little Hippo Hop.

(Inspired by the one and only Ogden Nash)
(c)  Bhaskar Khaund

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Comrade Cat Of Qingdao

The cats make a beeline for the Feline
Communist Party of Qingdao.
The comrades align under the benign
Leadership of Chairman Meow

This post is in a lighter vein and is totally non-political. It is not meant to be disrespectful to any nation  , ideology or belief , none of which it has anything to do with . Any reference is only  in the spirit of  fun !