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Category: Funny Parody Poems
       Classic humorous and funny poems using parody - an imitation of a writer, artist, or genre, with exaggeration for comic effect.

  BALLAD OF THE CANAL  

We were crowded in the cabin,
    Not a soul had room to sleep;
It was midnight on the waters,
    And the banks were very steep.

'Tis a fearful thing when sleeping,
    To be startled by the shock,
And to hear the rattling trumpet
    Thunder, "Coming to a lock!"

So we shuddered there in silence,
    For the stoutest berth was shook,
While the wooden gates were opened
    And the mate talked with the cook.

And as thus we lay in darkness,
    Each one wishing we were there,
"We are through!" the captain shouted,
    And he sat down on a chair.

And his little daughter whispered,
    Thinking that he ought to know,
"Isn't travelling by canal-boats
    Just as safe as it is slow?"

Then he kissed the little maiden,
    And with better cheer we spoke,
And we trotted into Pittsburg,
    When the morn looked through the smoke.

                                                 Ph[oe]be Cary.


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