Chris Hemingway /An Interpretation/

An Interpretation

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

It was Tuesday, and maybe wasps

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

flew around a bit ?

All mimsy were the borogoves,

Not sure, possibly Dutch Elm Disease

And the mome raths outgrabe.

To be honest, that doesn’t really help

 

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

They come over here…

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

With basic faculties in order

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

Now this is full-on Daily Express…

The frumious Bandersnatch!”

and this could be a rival newspaper.

 

He took his vorpal sword in hand:

Probably the most effective way to use it

Long time the manxome foe he sought –

An opponent from the Isle of Man,

possibly lacking a tail.

So rested he by the Tumtum tree,

Picking somewhere inconspicuous

And stood awhile in thought.

“Did I leave the gas on ? “

 

And, as in uffish thought he stood,

“I must have turned it off on my way out”

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Making an impressive entrance

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

then undermining it somewhat.

And burbled as it came!

Now it’s just embarrassed itself.

 

One, two! One, two! And through and through

Roadie poets set up the mics.

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

You can’t rely on anything can you ?

 

He left it dead, and with its head

How considerate

He went galumphing back.

Hopefully making some arrangements

to get rid of the body

 

“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?

Be careful how you answer that

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

That’s like Guinness isn’t it ? Or Caffreys ?

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’

A little hard to say, but sounds basically positive

He chortled in his joy.

Now, now, show don’t tell.

 

Incorporating “The Jabberwock” by Lewis Carroll

 

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