This is Crazy!

I think I will go crazy one day dear mom!

English is so confusing and confounding O lord!

The table has two pairs of legs but refuses to walk

The chair has arms but can only rock!

The hands of the clock are useless there

For neither can they clap nor comb my hair!

And the comb has teeth but never bites

Whereas the shoe has a tongue and still bites!

The ear of corn is the most useless of all

It can never ever hear when I call!

The heart of the artichoke never beats

The nose of the aeroplane never leaks!

Oh! Mom, please help me, I will go crazy!

For there’s frog in my throat and butterflies in my tummy,

Now, don’t you panic or throw a tantrum

Mom!! I think that the cat has got my tongue!

I wrote this poem for little ones who struggle to understand the nuances of a language that is not their mother tongue. I hope you will enjoy it.

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44 thoughts on “This is Crazy!

      1. I beg to differ. It is a beautiful language. We struggle because we continue to think in our mother tongue and then translate to English. My world would have been much smaller and narrower without it.

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      2. Oh Punam. That is SO good to hear. Here, we so often see the bad side of our language simply because of the difficulty that children have in learning it. Also, because of the steange spellings. This is GOOD to hear

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  1. Ah, yes, the conundrum of our native tongue. This is such a cute piece highlighting the quirky nuances of language. Now, let’s toss in localized dialects and see where it takes us πŸ™‚

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