THE HIAWATHA ENIGMA

THE HIAWATHA ENIGMA

A Poem by Norman 223
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Definitely not the old classic.,but everything can be verified on Google.

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On the banks of Gitchigoomi 

 Lived Hiawatha, a Redskin Chief 

Of whom Longfellow's lengthy poem

 Gave absolutely no relief

 From it's 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

 

If reading this you feel perplexed

 Of me not showing true respect

To a major work of written classics

Beloved by teachers of dramatics,

Historians, poets and musicians

Yet for all its classical traditions

I couldn’t resist a little niggle

That Longfellow  had a giggle

When he gave his squaw (of equal fame)

 Mini-Ha-Ha as a name.







 

 

© 2020 Norman 223


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I think I have found a new poem to teach to my lit class next fall.
Historically accurate, in a niggle/giggle sense.
There is humor here but also some heavy theme. With sports teams pondering name changes, and with a history of insults to the Native Americans, including kicking them off their own land, calling it ours, we
might finally recognize the hurt we have heaped upon people for so many years...
By scoffing at giving them respect.
I think there are many hides that needed to be tanned.
great work, Norman,
j.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Norman 223

6 Months Ago

In your usual "in depth" analysis of my nonsense, you have shown me an aspect that I had not consid.. read more



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Norman, what an incredible saga you've contrived from here and there - primarily emotive facts from the past! Seems this present time is influencing thought.. if not logical and calm action YET. The clamour needs to quieten soon : surely must before it becomes negative interference rather than the helping hands so desperately needed to guide and.. succeed. History holds few boundaries when Man tries to etch into crumbling stone or fell mountains overnight. Sometimes one needs giggle , because that means you've thought outside the box in which the writer wrote. Mayhaps!

Pretty sure I remember Longfellow writing..'I shot an arrow into the air, it fell to earth, I know not where.' Of that, a researcher of his said that 'arrow' could be interpreted as a thought offered to whoever wanted to consider more than the printed word.. Who knows, maybe a scoff creates the rhythm by which to learn, remember, then learn FROM - ? Your writing, as it often does, sir, will send me off on a thoughtful adventure. Thank you,

(PS The first non-. British poetry I learned was Longfellow's. Have read Hiawatha quite often over near thirty years, learned what i could about the man. Seems if you know more of the man, the writing becomes more than it seems, rightly or otherwise) Grinning: ' I couldn’t resist a little niggle - That Longfellow had a giggle - When he gave this comely dame - Mini-Ha-Ha as a name.'

Posted 6 Months Ago


Norman 223

6 Months Ago

Bless you, Emma for being so tolerant of my heretical exposé of this classic. Having had to lear.. read more
emmajoy

6 Months Ago

Hope you r final sentence doesn't imply i found your wonderful post anything but 'wonderful' .. read more
I think I have found a new poem to teach to my lit class next fall.
Historically accurate, in a niggle/giggle sense.
There is humor here but also some heavy theme. With sports teams pondering name changes, and with a history of insults to the Native Americans, including kicking them off their own land, calling it ours, we
might finally recognize the hurt we have heaped upon people for so many years...
By scoffing at giving them respect.
I think there are many hides that needed to be tanned.
great work, Norman,
j.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Norman 223

6 Months Ago

In your usual "in depth" analysis of my nonsense, you have shown me an aspect that I had not consid.. read more

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