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Be Different :: A Poem

Updated on July 8, 2012

Many years ago my mother actively participated in the tid-bit sections of the Times Of India newspaper. I believe that this was in the eighties. I had the fortune of retaining some of her 'works' to the regular competitions in which she mostly won. Here's one such answer to the competition titled - 'Selling Point' where readers were urged to submit their 'pitch' to sell something totally unique in an imaginative way. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.



Be Different!

Oh! Just try a kangaroo as a pet!

Create a new status symbol, I surely bet,

Postmen will bring your mail willingly at your door,

Here a kangaroo on a dog does score!

You could use his pouch as a shopping bag,

Or a Perambulator to carry your darling lad!

Buy one and see it swiftly multiply,

Sell his 'roo's, they'd be a good buy.

Come one, come all all the stock does last

Score on your neighbour, an envious impression cast!

As written by Mrs. Vijaya M. Pagey, Nagpur in the '80s for The Times Of India

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      She sure was!!

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      ajmoon 5 years ago

      Very clever, cloudy cool. Your mother was an imaginative woman...

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      It sure was unique! She has a great imagination. Could have been a great writer herself...

      Thanks for your kind comments noel :)

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      She sure did...if she reads this...she'll be quite glad she wrote it once...;)

      Thanks for stopping by phillydreamer

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      She had quite a sense of humor.

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for dropping by Made :)

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      Unique and funny. I really enjoyed it. :)

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      You can have a Kangaroo pet in your thoughts or drawn on a piece of paper...well that's legal ;)

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      Deep Biswas 5 years ago from India

      I don't know, keeping Kangaroos and Wallabies as pets is not legal everywhere!

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for being so warm and encouraging Epi. Your words alone have a power to inspire your readers. I am but a small and occassional 'thinker' in front of you...:)

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....well you are different and special and that is what makes you such a wonderful writer and deep thinker - and thank you so much for your 'knowing' comment at my latest one - There's been a death in the family - your words made my words look really good - lake erie time ontario canada 2:34pm and sending you warm wishes and good energy

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your kind comments Sarah.

      I have not read the works of Shel S (googled it just now) but I sure would like to read some for my kids. Thanks for sharing!

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      BritInTexas 5 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

      Great poem! Reminiscent of Shel Silverstein - love it!

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      thank you snakeslane for your kind comments...:)

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      cloudy cool, your mother's pitch is sweet and funny. Thank you for sharing. Regards, snakeslane