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Category: Funny Tribute Poems
       Classic humorous and funny poems using tribute, poetry intended to show respect, gratitude or admiration, but in a whimsical way.

  SONNET TO A CLAM  

Inglorious friend! most confident I am
    Thy life is one of very little ease;
    Albeit men mock thee with their similes
And prate of being "happy as a clam!"
What though thy shell protects thy fragile head
    From the sharp bailiffs of the briny sea?
    Thy valves are, sure, no safety-valves to thee,
While rakes are free to desecrate thy bed,
And bear thee off--as foemen take their spoil--
    Far from thy friends and family to roam;
    Forced, like a Hessian, from thy native home,
To meet destruction in a foreign broil!
    Though thou art tender yet thy humble bard
    Declares, O clam! thy case is shocking hard!

                                                             John G. Saxe.


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