Miscellaneous poems

There goes the burrowing badger

eats the honeycomb and never minds the stings

if one sting gets his snout

he jumps startled and resumes eating

not even a comma mid-phrase

he does not like periods

the most he will allow is a change of line

he never had to look up

the word humility in the dictionary

and even his name is not mentioned here

neither serpent-night nor python-day

neither lion bite nor the venom

from the serpents of previous lines

shake his determination more than a hiccup

he is just a small animal

and his life might be a short lived

why bother with bee stings

serpent venom or lion bite

the honeycomb he enjoys like

the burrowing badger that he is


-Patanga Cordeiro

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