Sunday, April 3, 2016

Found, down by the sea-shore

“The she-seals  seek the shore
  to drop their pups aland.”

[That doesn’t really qualify as Found Poetry:  first, because it was set as poetry to begin with -- Kipling’s “Rhyme of the Three Sealers”;  second, because what he actually wrote was “the matkas seek the shore” and so forth;  a footnote explained that matkas means ‘she-seals’;  and I substituted that, as it is a much more evocative word that matkas, which sounds rather like something Yiddish to eat.  The result, though not Found Poetry, is a sort of Discovered Tongue-Twister;  and as such, I bequeath it to literary history.]

Kipling, chortling
at the way that Dr Justice
has improved upon his verse


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