Monday, September 14, 2009

Scrutable Poetry Corner: "Work for the Censor"

Rabbits
Have horrid habits;
Shad
Are pretty bad;
Pigeons
Have no religions;
Bees
Expose their knees;
Terrapins
Parade their sins;
Moles
Have damaged souls;
Albatrosses
Are total losses;
Snakes
Are dreadful rakes;
Spiders
Are law-deriders;
Bears
Won't say their prayers.
I'm shocked to see that unabridged zoölogies
Are still permitted in our schools and colleges!
(By the always-wonderful Arthur Guiterman, from the October 26, 1929 issue of The New Yorker).

2 comments:

Gary said...

It's what Simon & Garfunkle might have done if their "At The Zoo" had come from the Roaring Twenties.

Today, perhaps: "Rabbits have abusive habits; smoking shad makes you real glad; pigeons make flawed decisions; bees serve bourbon at their teas," etc.

Sorry, Arthur!

Muffy St. Bernard said...

Note to self: check out "At the Zoo!"