The Desperate Plight of Cornelius White

The Desperate Plight of Cornelius White

A Poem by Tom
"

Has the art of oral conversation perished in the past ?

"

Cornelius White and Alfonsus Brown
lived in the country not the town
neighbouring farmers who rarely spoke
each hoped he'd get rich, t'other go broke


When autumn time came round again
Cornelius was anxious to harvest his grain
acres and acres of golden ripe fields
ready to give forth, bountiful yields


So when he climbed upon the seat
of his big yellow combine to cut the wheat
he turned the key but the engine was dead
and Cornelius' heart grew heavy like lead


The old farmer cursed his woeful luck
knowing that rain could run amok
damped and spoil his splendid crop
because those mighty blades could not chop


Then a thought entered his brain
though it was tethered with some refrain
I'll ask Alfonsus for a lend of his combine
then set off to his house with a bottle of wine


But on the way Cornelius began to think
would his rival kick up an odious stink
gleefully laugh at his desperate plight
and the more he thought, the more he wanted to fight


So when he arrived at his neighbour's door
Cornelius could stand the strain no more
"I don't want your dam combine," he began to shout
While Alfonsus within, wondered what it was all about?


Then off he stormed back up the road
and the crop was lost which he had sowed
thus the moral is plain for all to see
talk to your neighbour, before committing hari-cari!

© 2017 Tom



Author's Note

Tom
'pride cometh before a fall'

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My poem on the rapid suicide of farmers may be you like it.

oh farmer don't do that,
because of you I can sit
on dining table and eat,
just I cannot eat any more ,
the number of time I put my fingers into my mouth
to finish one time meal is very smidgen in comparison to number of deaths,
I cannot understand how frood people eat, eat and eat,
possibilities are that the person who grow grains may have died,
how can we keep them in the very very side
let us contribute let us sell our suit boot ,
to finish their dues from the root,
god will not forgive us for not taking it seriously,
they have also ate their grain when they were in avatars,
why are they dying continuously,
i hate government i hate democracy,
until they stop doing so much hypocrisy,



Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

4 Months Ago

A very pertinently personal poem, penned in alluring poetic rhyme, kudos Sir!
writ rajat

4 Months Ago

I know......



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Ha! This is brilliant Tom. Love the theme of this stellar poem-parable. There is no weakness in asking for help from a neighbor. But yes, it takes strength to do it- and use your words!. Beautiful form,cadence,flow,rhyme- Master Class. Sad but funny last verse- what a needless disaster! Great.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

2 Months Ago

Poem-parable, yes exactly Annette, thanks again for another memorable visit & review!
Annette Pisano Higley

2 Months Ago

You are very welcome Tom. Always a pleasure!
Our egoes get so much in the way don't they? Life could be so much better if they didn't. Loved the wonderful rhyming and structure of this poem. As always, the message is beautiful Tom.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

4 Months Ago

Yes indeed my friend, the words egos, over, inflated do come to mind, thanks as ever for your welcom.. read more
DIVYA

4 Months Ago

You are welcome Tom!
My poem on the rapid suicide of farmers may be you like it.

oh farmer don't do that,
because of you I can sit
on dining table and eat,
just I cannot eat any more ,
the number of time I put my fingers into my mouth
to finish one time meal is very smidgen in comparison to number of deaths,
I cannot understand how frood people eat, eat and eat,
possibilities are that the person who grow grains may have died,
how can we keep them in the very very side
let us contribute let us sell our suit boot ,
to finish their dues from the root,
god will not forgive us for not taking it seriously,
they have also ate their grain when they were in avatars,
why are they dying continuously,
i hate government i hate democracy,
until they stop doing so much hypocrisy,



Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

4 Months Ago

A very pertinently personal poem, penned in alluring poetic rhyme, kudos Sir!
writ rajat

4 Months Ago

I know......
What a fine time you had with the ethics of how to be a good neighbour! Laughed aloud, Tom, admiring the musical bounce of this poem and that wonderful ending. There's art to your writing, truly is.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

4 Months Ago

Thank you Emmajoy for your encouragement and welcome visit!
I remember this original joke about a lawnmower,but you have raised it to a higher plane,both in the literary field and also introduced a philosophical element into it. It,s not just the joke, but the way that you tell it,that makes all the difference.


Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

5 Months Ago

Maybe as the late, great Frank Carson would have said, " it's the way I tell 'em" lol...thanks Norma.. read more
This is very clever & well-conceived & amazingly perky with good rhyme & rhythm thru-out. I am envious of poets who can tell a multi-layered story in verse with playfulness & wry humor to convey a life lesson. How do you pack all that in there? *smile* Especially I like that this is written in a straightforward way, so the story is easy to follow.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

6 Months Ago

Thank you Barley, yes, I do like a good yarn and glad to see you do too !
I liked this. It's good to hear a comic rhyme with a moral and you have done it well.
I'm not quite sure that mutiny is the right word. How about-
Thus the moral of this is plain for all
it's better to talk before taking a fall!
Cheers,
Alan

Posted 12 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

12 Months Ago

Thank you Sir for your welcome visit & constructive critique!
Haha, I loved it! Such a good rhyme and rhythm and story as well! I enjoy poems like this. Very well done :)

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

1 Year Ago

Thank you kindly D Connolly!
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Gee
Indeed it does....all that read this will no doubt be able to relate to your well chosen words Tom

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

1 Year Ago

Thank you Gee, I get a read at you after tea !
dear Tom... Love this story ... You never know the
heart of a neighbor ... The moral is clear ... Give your
neighbor the "benefit of doubt" and so much more. Pat

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

1 Year Ago

Thank you kindly Patricia

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