Raj Arumugam


Formal Language And Little Tommy - Poem by Raj Arumugam

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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

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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:
URINATE”

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:
“YOU ARE AN EIGHT
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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