Nonsense

He thought he saw a general
Whose eyes were filled with pus:
He looked again, and found it was
A local omnibus.
"Such accidents in war," he said
"Will always cause a fuss."

He thought he saw a grizzly bear
With weapons on its plate:
He looked again, and found it was
A residents' estate.
"It is unfortunate," he said,
"A simple twist of fate."

He thought he saw Milosevic
Inside a rattlesnake:
He looked again, and found it was
A Chinese winter break.
"Of course we all regret," he said,
This tragical mistake."

 


[May 1999]

From the book Labour Pangs

NATO bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade. It was "a tragic mistake".


with apologies to Lewis Carroll