Saturday, 1 May 2010

More Animal Talk

The book which supplied me with the hippopotomus poem is full of other animal related gems written by all manner of people. This morning, my attention was caught by the following one, as it reminded me of the happy times I have spent, both at work and play, talking on the telephone, though switchboard operator duty did occasionally leave a lot to be desired.

Eletelephony
by Laura E Richards

Once there was an elephant,
who tried to use the telephant -
no! no! I mean an elephone
who tried to use the telephone -
(Dear me! I am not certain, quite,
that even now I've got it right!)

How'er it was, he got his trunk
entangled in the telephunk;
the more he tried to get it free,
the louder buzzed the telephee -
(I fear I'd better drop this song
of elephop and telephong!)

25 comments:

  1. I'm going to have to read this one to Speckly-Woo!

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  2. Oh, my goodness; I've twisted my tongue with this one.

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  3. These are very funny sentences.
    I shall call them Jinktences!

    ...Wanda♥

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  4. jinksy, this is so cute...going to have to try and untangle my tongue after reading this one though!

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  5. jinksy - hilarious!!! what fuels your imagination?! what were you like as a schoolgirl? steven

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  6. Love this Penny!! And elephants just happen to me my favourite animal. So clever and just the pick up I needed this rainy Saturday morning. You are always a delight!
    Lyn XX

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  7. Fantastic Jinksy! I feel it would do my old brain a lot of good to learn this off by heart - wow - would it take some doing.

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  8. Hello Jinksy,

    The innocent pleasure of these verses belie the humour and skill needed to write them.

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  9. I'm enjoying your selection of poems! Some of your respondents seem to believe that you wrote them, however....

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  10. Not easy to say and impossible to remember, I think. I imagine children would love this one.
    Blessings, Star

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  11. This should be printed and illustrated for all children to read outloud.

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  12. HA! Very funny. Some days a feel like a telephunk.

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  13. I'm in hysterics!!!! Tears streaming down my cheeks! Love, love, love this one! Sigh...your blog has definitely become an addiction for me. Must have my dose of wordplay...Love you, dear Jinks! ~AF Janine ;-) XO

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  14. Ha! I read this years and years ago -- so glad to see it again!

    Pearl

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  15. Nonsense poetry is a lot of fun to read, especially out loud! Thanks for showing this and the Hippopotamus one. I enjoyed them both. - Dave

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  16. I found myself singing the poem as I read it, how cool is that :)

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  17. This was my favourite poem as a child. My sister and I had a book of kidlet poetry and I can still picture the illustrations of purple elephants entangled in telephants. Loved it... still do. Thanks for that. :)

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  18. Well, hippos, elephants, have we had rhinos??. Maybe we should get into crocodiles and alligators. I bet you poetry rhyming types can create a ditty or two. Maybe you should get together and create a children's book....change that.. ADULT book as we adults seem to love this adventure!!.

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  19. Gosh, it's a long, long time since I've heard that one, but it's just as good now as it was the first time! So cleverly done, isn't it?

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  20. Delightful! Thanks for sharing this one with us.

    One of my favorite animal poems is Edward Lear's "The Owl and the Pussycat," which my mother read to us many, many times. I'd have to check to be certain, but I think I still remember all the words, even at my advanced age.

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  21. LOL. I talk like that everyday.

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  22. Love, love, love wordplay such as this! Might I favor you with one from Ogden Nash?

    The Cobra

    This creature fills its mouth with venom
    And walks upon its duodenum
    He who attempts to tease the cobra
    Is soon a sadder he, and sobra

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  23. So cute..although telephong sounds very close to telethong to me. LOL.

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  24. What's the difference between an elephant and a mailbox? Give up? I'm not trusting you with my mail.

    Sorry, couldn't resist. I love silly poems and silly jokes.

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  25. That first stanza is brilliant :)!!

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