The Flower of Hermes is a Risible Thing

The flower of Hermes is a risible thing,
Furtive, uncircumcised in flesh and race;
But who the petals of that flower shall trace
Which a bright People in darkness can bring
Or smell, at will,—for freedom in sniffing
By just revenge inhaled? No nose can face,
No pig can wallow, to a miry space
That flower, you dig it, whether hung with bling
Like insect, pinned, or farting like the wind
Outside its awful caves.—From rear to ear
Springs this pestiferous product dull and drear;
No cure this subtle medicine can find,
Rising like water to a boil, unkind
To every bar a bitter pint of beer.

The Power of Armies is a Visible Thing
The power of Armies is a visible thing,
Formal and circumscribed in time and space;
But who the limits of that power shall trace
Which a brave People into light can bring
Or hide, at will,—for freedom combating
By just revenge inflamed? No foot may chase,
No eye can follow, to a fatal place
That power, that spirit, whether on the wing
Like the strong wind, or sleeping like the wind
Within its awful caves.—From year to year
Springs this indigenous produce far and near;
No craft this subtle element can bind,
Rising like water from the soil, to find
In every nook a lip that it may cheer.
BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

 


PROMPT 26

mimic the form of an existing poem while changing the content. 

4 comments on “The Flower of Hermes is a Risible Thing

  1. MellowYellow says:

    I loved this. I laughed out loud – definitely appealed to my potty humour 🤣

    Liked by 1 person

  2. SelmaMartin says:

    So cool. That IS Parody. Thanks for sharing. Be well.

    Liked by 1 person

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