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NAME CALLING
by Martin Killips
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Where you learn what nouns and verbs are - or are not!


At school, they taught me Names were NOUNS
Like Angela Smith and Sally-Ann Downes;
A VERB, they said, is a word we do,
Like run and walk and seek and view.

Americans confuse their words
And mix their Nouns up with their Verbs;
Their children arenít called NOUNS like Barry,
But VERBS, like Chuck, and Chip and Carrie!

The English arenít immune from blame
They have their failings, just the same;
Their childrenís names are odder still,
They call them questions like Watt! and Will!

Italians end their names in ĎOí
They say it helps their language flow;
And Moors from Mecca to far off Bali
Call ALL of their kids either Ali or Ali!

The Africans repeat their names
They call it rhythm not childish games;
The best example I can give you? -
The delightful Bishop Tu-tu!

So Names arenít NOUNS and VERBS donít Do -
Just jargon, flawed, like me and you;
And what we try to say to who,
Is never quite what we meant it to.

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Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
Salutations and Benisons to Poet Martin Killips.

It is always a pleasing and learning moment to visit a Den of a Poet that honors the tools of his/her art.

"NAME CALLING" is a clear development of a picture of poetic excellence.

Please keep Your quills working, and let Your heart materilaize wonders.

In admiration,


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
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