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A Poem Full of Contradictions

Posted by Claudio on July 2, 2010 in English Language |

A poem full of contradictions — perfect to teach your more advanced students:

“One bright day in the middle of the night

Two dead boys got up to fight.

Back to back, they faced each other,

Drew their swords and shot each other.

A deaf policeman heard the noise

Came and shot the two dead boys.

If you don’t believe this lie is true,

Ask the blind man, he saw it, too.”

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4 Comments

    • Claudio says:

      I think so… There may be longer versions, but I’m not aware of them.

      • lea says:

        I did find it!!!

        Ladies and gentlemen skinny and stout
        I’ll tell you a tale I know nothing about
        the admission is free so pay at the door
        now pull up a chair and sit on the floor
        One bright day in the middle of the night
        two dead boys got up to fight
        back to back they faced each other
        drew their swords and shot each other
        a blind man came to watch fair play
        a mute man came to shout HOORAY
        a deaf policeman heard the noise
        and came to stop those two dead boys
        he lived on the corner in the middle of the block
        in a two story house on a vacant lot
        a man with no legs came walking by
        and kicked the lawman in his thigh
        he flew through a wall without making a sound
        in a dry creekbed he suddenly drowned
        a long black hearse came to cart him away
        but he ran for his life and is till gone today
        I watched from the corner of the big round table
        the only eye-witness to facts of my fable
        but if you doubt my lies are true
        just ask the blind man, he saw too.

        What do you think?

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