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World Poetry Month: Day Ten
As Ruskin Bond approached his seventieth birthday, he penned a hilarious poem titled “Sleepless Night”, full of wit and charm.
Anticipating his milestone 70th birthday, he was too excited to even close his eyes. What could be causing such restlessness?
The desire to compose something weighed heavily on him, so he stood up and crafted a humorous poem before retiring for the night.
Ruskin’s poem has a satirical undertone that humorously highlights what he can’t do and, in stark contrast, the many things he is able to accomplish easily.
Although he was clumsy with worldly or technical matters, the poem below paints a picture of his optimistic attitude towards creativity.
Ruskin Bond’s poetry is as straightforward and harmonious as his renowned books and short stories, radiating both simplicity and merriment.
“Sleepless Night” By Ruskin Bond ▶️
I’m unfamiliar with statistics,
I wouldn’t know what to do
With a book on Mathematics
Or a girl of ninety-two.
I really can’t tell the difference
Between a man from Kalamazoo
And the kind of endangered species
That you only find in a zoo.
I’m hopeless at Nuclear Physics-
Don’t ask me to make you a bomb-
But if you would like me to bake you a cake,
I’ll do it with great aplomb.
I’m not very good at book-keeping,
My accounting, they say, is too lax.
I can’t trace my Income, or, credit my debit,
So how can I pay Income Tax?
I’m really not bad at prognosis,
Consult me- I won’t take a fee
I’ll soon let you know if your calcium is low
Or if it’s just Housemaid’s Knee.
I’m not very good with a Nurse
And I feel more at ease writing verse-
I am inclined to convulse when she feels for my pulse,
And if I feel hers, she gets terse!
I’m hopeless at counting those sheep-
I’d rather be off with Bo-peep!
If she’d leave them alone
And take me straight home
I wouldn’t mind losing more sleep.
Best Poetry Of The Day
I have been reading a lot of poetry lately and found some amazing pieces. Each and every poem posted here is unique in itself and conveys so many different messages.
I am truly amazed at the creativity and passion that each author has put into their work. From classic literature to modern-day spoken word, there is something here for everyone.
So, take some time and enjoy a little bit of poetic bliss!