Nonsense verses by Rhys Hughes
The Not-So-Glum Panjandrum likes to play the drums on every day of the month of May and in the night-time too. If you happen to be his guest when his fingers are twitching and his drums are itching to be played, you will surely find it most bewitching while he sits in the kitchen to listen to his rhythms. They go: tikky tak tok, boom blam bash, takky tok tik, blam boom bong! And often when the owls hoot in the garden where the suits are flapping on the washing line, he adds a cymbal to his kit, hits it with a thimble on the end of a stick, keeps the rhythm steady. It must be a symbol of something profound, and the total result, at least I have found, sounds somewhat, if not a lot, like this… Are you ready? tikky tak tok, boom blam ting, takky tok tik, ping ding bling! He often smiles while drumming and his eyes are running with tears of joy. His drums are toys that must be played with in order to make a compelling noise and if you aren’t careful he’ll expect you to sing along in the music room while his fingers rapidly tap a pulsating jazzy racket after he removes his jacket: boom shack, a whack and clack, ching bing bong, shack a boom! Sing along? you cry in alarm for you know that your voice can do great harm to innocent bystanders but the Not-So-Glum Panjandrum refuses to accept excuses. And so, abandoned by the Muses, you open your mouth while he beats out his rhythm, like a mathematical lumberjack chopping up logarithms, and this is what you croon: yowdle curdle, furdle durdle, screechy vichy, bongo blighty, bangy wangy, shrieky speaky, warble burble, yubble wubble! And now the month of May is over and silence reigns yet again.
Rhys Hughes has lived in many countries. He graduated as an engineer but currently works as a tutor of mathematics. Since his first book was published in 1995 he has had fifty other books published and his work has been translated into ten languages.
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