Raj Arumugam

Formal Language And Little Tommy - Poem by Raj Arumugam

Tommy’s little, sure, but he’s
getting to that age
when he understands a little more
picking up things as his parents
take him shopping;
and hearing and seeing things
at home, in the backyard
and in the streets

but today poor Tommy
is caught in class
he’s about to explode
and he’s controlled it the last hour

“Please, miss, ” he has the balls
to say it after all
“I need go piss! ”

“You’re not going, ”
says the pedantic Miss,
“until you use in a complete sentence
the proper English word
for your urge:

Poor Tommy –
he’s got the balls, but does
he have the brains?

Tommy thinks hard for a while -
one hand on his head
one hand on his pants
and then he blurts out:
and Mrs Smith next door
who sunbathes naked in her courtyard
LOOKS LIKE A TEN. Now, can I go? ”

Poet's Notes about The Poem

*...another joke from online, transformed into verse...

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, July 6, 2013

Poem Edited: Saturday, July 6, 2013

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