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The Largest Town In The Klein Karoo

10 Jan
Ostrichs in Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Image via Wikipedia

Writing about ostriches over on my other blog reminded me of this poem.  I read an article some years ago about Oudtshoorn being ‘the largest town in the Klein Karoo’ and that phrase just screamed to be made into a nonsense poem.  I love writing nonsense (I suspect that’s not a secret to you).

The Largest Town In The Klein Karoo

The largest town in the Klein Karoo
was famed for ostriches who knew
to bow a perfect how-de-do.
Then off they’d sail in a pink canoe
to the poignant strain of a lone kazoo
(a well-known cure for ostrich ‘flu).

The largest town in the Klein Karoo
was home to the world’s smallest gnu
who married a portly cow named Sue.
They made a home in a petting zoo
built of bread and flour-paste glue
found in the breast of a chimney flue.

 The largest town in the Klein Karoo
hosted a weekly Hullaballoo,
with special guest, Manuel Mantoux.
He, a tall, loud Belgian who
taught audiences the game of Loo,
while dancing around a kangaroo.

The largest town in the Klein Karoo
bred butterflies of cobalt blue
that lived one day (and sometimes two).
Their hilltop nest was an outside loo
which gave them the most idyllic view
of the largest town in the Klein Karoo.

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