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Category: Funny Burlesque Poems
       Classic humorous and funny poems using comic imitation and exaggeration in an absurd way.

  THE CANTELOPE  

Side by side in the crowded streets,
    Amid its ebb and flow,
We walked together one autumn morn;
    ('Twas many years ago!)

The markets blushed with fruits and flowers;
    (Both Memory and Hope!)
You stopped and bought me at the stall,
    A spicy cantelope.

We drained together its honeyed wine,
    We cast the seeds away;
I slipped and fell on the moony rinds,
    And you took me home on a dray!

The honeyed wine of your love is drained;
    I limp from the fall I had;
The snow-flakes muffle the empty stall,
    And everything is sad.

The sky is an inkstand, upside down,
    It splashes the world with gloom;
The earth is full of skeleton bones,
    And the sea is a wobbling tomb!

                                        Bayard Taylor.


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