I recently presented a poetry workshop for teachers in Hobart. Kate Neasy was one of those who attended. Kate followed up by emailing me one of her poems last week. It was a wow moment...
Kate Neasy, a.k.a Kathryn Rae has written a poem that really resonates with me. It deserves sharing. Such a cleverly constructed poem.
They say the best books -and poems to read are those that make us think. Well, this poem certainly did that. Kate's poem ponders commonly used idiomatic terms and begins to pose questions regarding their accuracy. Kate has kindly granted me permission to share her words. It gives me pleasure to present them on Poetry Friday.
Blue whales are not blue
New Town is not so new
Gold fish are not gold,
A cold war is not really cold.
A granny flat may be used by teens,
A bean counter rarely handles beans,
A silverfish does not swim,
Happy hour is often rather grim.
Daylight robbery can occur overnight,
Surveillance may result in an oversight,
Laundered money is never clean,
Green fingers are not actually green.
A big catfish does not purr,
An unknown chap may be addressed “Dear Sir”,
A running stitch is not in a race,
Meanwhile a stair runner stays in one place.
A bigwig probably has his own hair,
The share market doesn’t seem very fair,
A dog-leg can be a long way from a bark
And you can’t leave your car in the local park.
A bird hide is not a secluded aviary,
Yellow cake won’t be served at afternoon tea,
An oddball is not to kick around in a game,
A suitcase and a basket case are not at all the same.
A dead heat doesn’t kill the winners,
Lounge lizards don’t stay home for dinner,
Day break doesn’t smash the sun,
A shooting star doesn’t hold a gun.
Our language is such an incredible maze,
We can mix it up in so many ways,
So help the people who are finding it tough
To figure out meanings of idioms and stuff.
by Kathryn Rae