Circus Scandal

06 Jun

circus tent


Emails, flyers, posters, letters
and a lot more bumf
advertised circus parade
real elephant’s galumph.
But the beast was clumsy, shy
a masked and costumed humf.
Cheated crowd wants money back
not ringmaster’s “Harrumph.”

© 2013 – Violet Nesdoly


David Harrison’s Word of the Month challenge for June is “Harrumph.” The poem above is the result of trying to fit  into one poem all the words with the end rhyme ‘umf’ contained in my little rhyming dictionary.

(And yes, bumf and humf are real words.)

Why don’t you write a “harrumph” poem? Mr. Harrison welcomes submissions of harrumph poems to the W.O.M. page of his blog (post in comments) till the end of June.

poetry+friday+button+-+fulllNow for some real poetry, check out Poetry Friday, hosted this week by the always surprising Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference.


Posted by on June 6, 2013 in Light, Poetry Friday


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8 responses to “Circus Scandal

  1. Catherine Johnson

    June 7, 2013 at 1:28 am

    I love this, Violet! I can really picture it too. Well done.


  2. mattforrest

    June 7, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Cute poem! Poor elephant…


  3. jama

    June 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Didn’t realize bumf was a real word! I feel sorry for the elephant too. Clever poem, Violet!


  4. haitiruth

    June 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Fun! Humf is the word I had to look up.


  5. Tabatha

    June 7, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks for the new words, Violet! You’re so inventive. The title of your poem is perfect, too.


  6. Linda Baie

    June 7, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    It’s delightful, Violet. I read it on David’s site too, & loved it then. You are very clever to put the ‘humf’ words together as you did!


  7. Joyce Ray

    June 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Violet, so it’s bumf in my mailbox that drives me to distraction? This was a real challenge well-met by you!


  8. Mary Lee

    June 9, 2013 at 5:36 am

    And thanks for the new words!



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