Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-20

Time for more instances of the homophone: a word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not, as heir and air.

1. incidents (noun): pl. of incident—an unexpected and usually unpleasant thing that happens
2. incidence (noun): the number of times something happens or develops; occurrence

The incidence of incidents
Was soon alarming everyone—
From governors and presidents
To Goth and Roman—even Hun.

These UFOs were everywhere
Yes, north and south and east and west.
And every single grizzly bear
Thought hibernation might be best.

In unison the aliens
Emerged from their huge saucer-craft
“We are Episcopalians,”
They said. Oh, were these creatures daft?

The grizzly bears came out again—
It seemed much safer to them now.
The aliens said one “Amen”
And spun away—we’re not sure how.

It seems they were afraid of bears—
So when they saw what they could see,
The said their very frightened prayers
And flew back to their galaxy.

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