September 25, 2010

The Rhyme of the Chivalrous Shark

"Most chivalrous fish of the ocean
To ladies forbearing and mild,
Though his record be dark,
Is the man-eating shark,
Who will eat neither woman nor child.

He dines upon seamen and skippers,
And tourists his hunger assuage,
And a fresh cabin boy
Will inspire him with joy
If he's past the maturity age.

A doctor, a lawyer, a preacher,
He'll gobble one any fine day,
But the ladies, God bless 'em,
He'll only address 'em
Politely and go on his way.

I can readily cite you an instance
Where a lovely young lady of Breem,
Who was tender and sweet,
And delicious to eat,
Fell into the bay with a scream.

She struggled and flounced in the water,
And signaled in vain for her bar,
And she'd surely been drowned
If she hadn't been found
By a chivalrous man-eating shark.

He bowed in a manner most polished,
Thus soothing her impulses wild;
"Don't be frightened," he said,
"I've been properly bred
And will eat neither woman nor child."

Then he proffered his fin and she took it —
Such gallantry none can dispute —
While the passengers cheered
As the vessel they neared
And a broadside was fired in salute.

And they soon stood alongside the vessel,
When a life-saving dingy was lowered
With the pick of the crew,
And her relatives too,
And the mate and the skipper aboard.

So they took her aboard in a jiffy,
And the shark stood attention the while,
Then he raised on his flipper
And ate up the skipper
And went on his way with a smile.

And this shows that the prince of the ocean,
To ladies forbearing and mild,
Though his record be dark,
Is the man-eating shark,
Who will eat neither woman nor child."

~ Wallace Irwin


By way of announcements: first of all, I shall likely be posting of my experience at the Tribe Party soon. For those of you who have no idea what the "Tribe Party" is, you have missed out on an unprecedented epic international gathering of men and Elves (with the occasional yodeling dwarf). >_> It's a long story... I'll explain a bit later. Secondly, you might have noticed that the dates on my posts are a little....... off. That's a long story too. It should be fixed soon.

Thanks for reading!

Over and out,


Squeaks said...

Lol! I remember reading this poem before (can't remember where). I'm excited to read your report on the Tribe Party :P I saw sounded like a LOT of fun :)


Noah said...

YESS!!! I love this song!! Me and my class frequently sang it in Biology!!

whisper said...

Heh, I love this poem too. :) But you say you sang it, Noah... I didn't know 'twas a song! And... why would you sing it in biology? o.O

Noah said...

Yeah, 'tis a song as well. :) We sang it in that class because my Biology teacher likes to sing. lol!

Jake said...

Heh! I loved this poem. :) Thank ye for posting it, honorable spy. Tis refreshing. ;)

whisper said...

Noah - Hmm... I'll have to do some research to find the tune! I imagine it'd be quite catchy. :)

Jake - I am quite glad you found it to be so, Sir Sadaar! Thank ye for reading it!

Vrenith said...

Heh... I just stopped laughing. Hope you can post the Tribe Party report soon! I want to read it... >_>