A Contradictory Poem

When I was growing up, my Mum used to recite a poem. She had forgotten the rest of it, so I never learnt all of it. But I’m curious to see if I can find the rest of it somewhere. A cursory look on the internet hasn’t found it. (I have found another contradictory poem though).

Each line is a contradiction.

Ladies and Gentlemen! Bugs and Fleas!
Come to the circus! If you please.
Admission is free; pay at the door.
Bring your own seat; sit on the floor.

The first live act is a stuffed elephant
eating cooked bananas raw;
The second act is a female man
eating vinegar off a fork.

And then it continued, with ten acts in all at the circus.

Right, webiverse. Does anyone know the rest of the poem?

Published by phetheringtonnz

Film Producer, Director, Lecturer. From NZ based in London.

5 replies on “A Contradictory Poem”

    1. Well, once I find out the rest of it, it’ll go to at least 4 more stanzas.
      I’m sure a smart songwriter could write a contradictory song with the same idea…

  1. Pretty sure Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals have already done that quite a bit though, coming to think of it 😉

  2. My preschool teacher used to read us this “Contradiction” story, I remember a little bit of it, it went: We’re putting on a show, admission is free pay at the door. Grab a seat and sit on the floor… etc… I need to find that whole thing.

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