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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Meaning of Cuculine


I have a clock that tells the time
Through a certain cuculine
Creature on the hour right on cue,

It pops out suddenly on springs
And lets me know each time he sings
The only song he knows that goes "cuckoo"!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Meaning of Buteonine


Once whilst on a mighty hike
I saw some birds I did not like
Circling above me in the sky,

All of them buteonine,
Buzzards hungry and inclined,
To eat me if I just happened to die!

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Meaning of Vaal


If you travel through the land
South Africa there is a grand
River there that might be nice to see,

Called the Vaal a word that's Dutch
So meaning drab and dull or such
But only in colour apparently.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Meaning of Didine


It seemed that I was out of luck
The day that I found I was stuck
Upon an island without much to eat,
I looked about to see what I
Could find to eat so not to die
And found a bird and killed it for its meat.

How was I supposed to know
It was the last of the Dodo
When I was so desperate to dine?
And so became the ugly fate
Of the species on my plate
It was the end of all creatures didine.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Meaning of Chelonian


I have a certain quality
In fact an abnormality
In that my head and arms and legs retract,
That's right I can pull them inside
My torso in order to hide
Whenever I am frightened of attack!

This trait of mine you might think strange
Or perhaps a bit deranged
That there is a chelonian man?
Well I'm rather fond of it
And I don't mind it for a bit
And like to do what only turtles can!

So if you ever come upon
Me and all my limbs are gone
And my body seems without a head,
Please don't fret I am OK
It's just I saw you come my way
And thought it would be safer to play dead!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Meaning of Ta


If you give something to me
And I take it happily
There is a certain thing that I should do

So as not to seem too rude,
I wish to show my gratitude,
So "Ta" I say, a way of saying "Thank you."

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Meaning of Cathartine


I was lying down outside one day
Soaking up the sunny rays
When I became prey to a Cathartine
Bird that pecked upon my head
As if I were a piece of bread 
Luckily I woke up just in time!

To say to my new feathered fiend,
As my temper burned an steamed,
"Why on earth would you chew on my head?"
To which the vulture said to me
With a meek apology
"Sorry, but I was sure you were dead!"

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Meaning of Hircine and Caprine

Hircine and Caprine

Please don't be offended if
After I have had a whiff
Of you I say "My friend you smell hircine"
For I mean you only smell
Goat like which is just as well,
Imagine if instead you were caprine!

For that would be hard to amend
You would look like a goat and then
Surgery I'd have to recommend!
At least this way you have the power
To fix things by taking a shower
And put the way you smell to a good end!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Meaning of Cebine


I went out to my rubbish bin
When suddenly a capuchin
Monkey leapt out throwing things at me

Making me cry out in fright
To see a cebine creature like
That one where it wasn't meant to be!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Meaning of Ovine


I do not like to mow my lawn
The thought of it makes me forlorn
I need to find some kind of ovine to

Chew my grass and set me free
From the task that's daunting me
Something like a sheep or two will do!

The Meaning of Peripetetic


There was a Peripatetic man
In that he was Aristotelian
Who lived by what the ancient teacher taught,

Which made him peripatetic
For he traveled quite a bit
From place to place to teach the things he thought.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Meaning of Ra


Ra was a god believed in
By the Ancient Egyptians
The chief, it's said, of all their deities.

Essentially he was the sun
From whom, to them, all life begun
And ruler of the earth's activities...

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Meaning of Cercopithecine


I swear sometimes these kids of mine
Are mostly cercopithecine
Simply by their rank capacity

For climbing on the furniture
And acting about as mature
As you would expect from a monkey!