Why bother with Hiawatha

Why bother with Hiawatha

A Poem by Norman223

My less than serious appraisal of a famous classical character.


On the banks of Gitchigoomi 
 Lived Hiawatha, a Redskin Chief 
Of whom Longfellow's lengthy poem
 Gave absolutely no relief
 From itfs incessant tom-tom style. 
Which becomes so boring after a while.

Then Coleridge Taylor (now deceased)
 Composed Hiawatha's Wedding Feast 
With notes kept to a minimum 
And the tom-tom beats ad nauseum.
 But even in this boring form 
It takes two hours to perform
So no wonder choirs rarely bother
 To eulogise this Hiawatha.

Then some literary wag,(Anonymous) ***
Parodied the now eponymous
Hiawatha,as a bumbling twit and
Ditherer when he made a mitten
 From some defunct old creature's hide
 But found it too hard to decide
 Should he put the fur side outside 
 Or should the skin side be the inside. 
He cogitated, pondered, lingered
Then died of old age, frozen-fingered

© 2016 Norman223

Author's Note

Since being forced to play the infant Hiawatha when I was at junior school, the name sends shivers down my spine. :-)
For more explanation, please read my story " THAT WAS ENTERTAINMENT "
also ***http://www.bartleby.com/360/9/144.html

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"Why bother with Hiawatha" was pretty amazing! I generally have not even thought to write something of this nature. By your note this is a communication about something you would rather forget from your childhood. I loved it! Seeing a story of a story of a story....ha ha Very good writing.......................Bless you Kathy

Posted 1 Year Ago

Just what I needed this cold and snowy day, frozen fingers. Thanks for this days chuckle. Valentine

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1 Year Ago

I wonder whether Hiawatha's association with someone called Minnie Ha Ha was the reason for so many .. read more

1 Year Ago

Had to chuckle at that remark too. Kathie
Your intelligent stories always teach me new words, concepts, & about areas of life I haven't explored. I did go back & re-read "That Was Entertainment" (which I totally loved then & now) plus I googled Hiawatha, to prepare myself to dive into this little delight of a poem. Here's what's most outstanding about your point of view . . . even when writing a teaching piece about some lofty literature with Shakespearean roots, you never come across as hoity-toity, but it's your down-to-earth depictions that make the day. You make such topics accessible for those who might have no idea what you're writing about. Your descriptions are so straightforward, there's no feeling inferior becuz we never heard of Hiawatha, instead, you are a gentle teacher as well as a great writer. Plus, ya gotta love that sardonic sense of humor! (((HUGS)))

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Added on February 14, 2016
Last Updated on May 12, 2016



Essex UK, United Kingdom

At the age of 87, I use the challenge of writing, as an optimistic attempt to delay senility. Although I am quite a serious person , I enjoy satire, as while I can still laugh, I feel that I am .. more..


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