Member Rara Avis
Visiting Earth on a Guest Pass
I wrote this first (God knows why, I must be nuts!) and decided that the best place for it would be here, as a challenge.....
Take a well-known or even a classical poem, and write a parody of it, using as much of the original scan and rhyme as sense and modern taste will allow. Here's what I came up with, and a link to the original if you want to peek at it.... http://netpoets.com/classic/poems/043009.htm
To His Koi Mistress
Had you but words enough, and time
And your scales a bit less slime,
And feet of course, some way
To walk and pass the livelong day
We’d talk it over, side by side
And cure your longing for the tide.
But you do not, and yet I would
Love you in park or sitzbath or in flood,
And for your part you don’t refuse,
Though if you spoke at all it would be news,
And conversation might help love to grow--
Alas, in that you are a little slow.
Your orange scales are worthy of some praise
And goggle eyes out of your forehead gaze;
Far better if you had a breast
Or even two, and for the rest
You're incomplete in every part
And with some extras through the art
Of DNA. Too bad, your chromosomal state
Declares you have another fate,
For at my back I clearly hear
My dinner guests; the time is near
When you upon a platter lie
As guest of honor. Do not sigh,
For you’ve no lungs. Your airsack round
Can’t make the necessary sound.
I’ve given up; though I did try,
You’ll keep your wet virginity.
Your lack of lips or hips or bust
Gave me no focus for my lust,
Nor was there any other private place:
We do not match when we embrace,
And you do smell of fish. Your hue
Is something else I would undo,
And will, for what transpires
Will darken you. The charcoal fires
Will warm you, and I may
Nibble a bit for love’s sake on the way.
And then with Cajun spices we’ll devour –
You’re after all a carp, and in my power,
And you’re a pretty fish, but after all,
You aren’t the Cinderella at this ball.
Our love has brought me too much strife;
I’m heading north to a new life;
I'll choose, under the midnight sun,
A mistress from the salmon run.
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[This message has been edited by Ratleader (08-22-2003 12:36 AM).]