Humour Poetry

Nonsense Verse

By Vatsala Radhakeesoon

Dog of the Fog

Amidst the fog
lived Doodle the dog
When the sun wore
its golden attire
Doodle barked like thunder
“Burn, burn Green Island!”
Last Sunday, Owl the wise Seer
declared his behaviour as
“weird, undignified, and anti-cheer”


shouted Doodle in anger
wagging his tail in some way,
rather peculiar,
almost perpendicular
And off he flew
to some icy Penguin Land
in his roaring machine
The Grumpy Golden Retriever!


When Yaya the yak yawned
Marigolds and roses blew away
and were reduced to scattered pieces
So the Ministry of Flowers
enforced a law:
Yaya should wear  a gold-platted
yawn-mask in Petal Land
Yaya smiled and complied
as he loved all flowers
And his mask looked much like a
refined jewel to him
Afterwards whenever he yawned
Poise-fully stood all flowers
on the ground and in artistic pots
At times  they swirl in a dance all circular
At times merrily they sang till dusk
“ Yaya’s yawn is now gentle,
soft, soft is the breeze
Yaya, now is our friend, oh dear friend
and in harmony we shall all live
in this colourful no fear land”.


Biography: Vatsala Radhakeesoon Vatsala Radhakeesoon, born in Mauritius in 1977, is the author of 11 poetry books  including Tropical Temporariness (Transcendent Zero Press, USA, 2019),  Whirl the Colours (Gibbon Moon Books UK/Kenya, 2020) and नीली हंसिनी के गाने – Songs of the Blue Swan (Bilingual Hindi -English, Gloomy Seahorse Press, UK/Kenya,2020). She is one of the representatives of Immagine and Poesia, an Italy based literary movement uniting artists and poets’ works. Vatsala currently lives at Rose-Hill and is a literary translator, interviewer and artist.

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