Treasure Island

Victor Marie Hugo

(26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885 / Besancon / France)

Fable Or History


Possessed of royal appetite, and feeling rather thin,
A monkey one day dressed himself in a tiger's skin
The tiger had been nasty; the monkey was atrocious,
Wearing on his back the right to be ferocious.
He set himself to gnashing teeth and let loose with this cry:
Conqueror of the jungle, the night's dark king am I!
As a bandit of the forest, in the bushes he lurked,
And snatched away and murdered and other horrors worked.
Laid waste the forest, slit the throats of those passing through,
And with the skin that covered him did all it used to do.
He lived within a cave, knee-deep in butchery,
And all who saw the skin believed the tiger was he.
He would cry out, would bring forth a truly terrible roar:
Behold within my cave the bones of victims before.
Before me all draw back and shudder, everyone doth flee,
All tremble - I am tiger! Look! and worship me!
The animals were all awe-struck and fled with great alarm,
A lion-tamer came and grabbed him with his arm,
And ripped off the tiger's skin like a flimsy piece of tissue,
Laid bare this 'conqueror' and said, 'You're just a monkey, you!'

Submitted: Saturday, April 03, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Fable Or History by Victor Marie Hugo )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Africa-the-Mermaid-Princess, Margaret Alice Second
  2. A Lasting Moment, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  3. आं उन्दुबाय, Ronjoy Brahma
  4. The girl of great beauty was not to be s.., Dr.V.K. Kanniappan
  5. The lost love, nancy cullen
  6. जोमैया मोसायो, Ronjoy Brahma
  7. Fracturing Minds, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  8. Migrants Plight, Paul Sebastian
  9. Sharing Moments, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  10. Human in art, hasmukh amathalal

Poem of the Day

poet Walt Whitman

ARM’D year! year of the struggle!
No dainty rhymes or sentimental love verses for you, terrible year!
Not you as some pale poetling, seated at a desk, lisping cadenzas
piano;
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  4. On the Ning Nang Nong, Spike Milligan
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. City That Does Not Sleep, Federico García Lorca
  8. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  9. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  10. No Man Is An Island, John Donne

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]