Donkey, coroner, whale: 3 short squibs [Aside]

I’m still immersed in Romanticism, hence the last few posts on Byron and Shelley. Here, for a change on a grey wintry Sunday, as the shopping frenzy gets into full swing (sign seen on a shop door yesterday: ‘Black Friday Week’. Really) some scraps of doggerel from an old notebook I just came across. Sort of ‘found poetry’, I suppose. I think I first scribbled them down early this year.

You can see why I don’t often attempt poetry. Ah, well.

Donkey

A donkey trotted past. Stretched

Out on its back, fast asleep,

A dog. A mongrel.

 

Does a Coroner

have to be a doctor or a lawyer?

How many baby

Cases per day

Are doable?

 

Blind side

Can you see that light?

No.

Can you point to it?

No.

Just try.

There, you see?

 

Whales

were seen in a fjord

Off the Norwegian coast.

Humpbacks.

Herrings leapt in panic

Out of the water.

Illustration of a whale from the Edo period, 18th-19th century, in the Tokyo National Museum - public domain via Wikimedia Commons

Illustration of a whale from the Edo period, 18th-19th century, in the Tokyo National Museum – public domain via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

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