Treasure Island

Dr. Tulsi Hanumanthu

(10.6.1938 / India)

Less Than Nothing!


Less Than Nothing (An Ottawa Rima)

At a 'Senior Citizens' Club', one day,
There was an uproar; and during the row,
In Tamil most members did have their say.
Said Singh to Naidu: 'I could follow
Nothing at all of these Tamilian's fray.
But what it's about, I think you know?

Naidu replied: 'Less have I understood
Than yourself: my version would be no good'.

Rejoined Singh: 'How can you understand 'less'?
Less than nothing, can anything be? '
Caught unawares, but showing no stress,
Naidu reflected while sipping his tea.
He then said: 'I've misunderstood the whole mess;
And as you will surely agree with me -

Misunderstanding is much worse a thing
Than not understanding; hence less than nothing.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 09, 2008

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  • Catrina Heart (1/14/2009 3:22:00 AM)

    WOW! ! ! ! What a great composition you have made here sir. A rare here in this site, an OTTAVA RIMA. Perfect in piece, finely crafted with 2 ottava rima structure...Having a rhyme scheme of ' a b a b a b c c'............brilliance.....10+++ (Report) Reply

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