Saturday, September 3, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-3

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. hansom (noun): a light 2-wheeled covered carriage with the driver’s seat elevated behind—also called a hansom cab (origin: Joseph A. Hansom)
2. handsome (adj.): pleasing to look at (especially of a person); large in size or amount; done or achieved in an impressive way

For all his legal services
He charged a handsome fee,
A fee too large, to tell the truth,
For one the likes of me. 

My occupation at the time?
I drove a hansom cab.
My income was so very slight—
Not just a drop—a dab.

But I was very handsome, so
I just got by on looks—
The kind of looks you read about
In naughty sorts of books.

But, as I said, my lawyer was
Expensive—much too high.
And I so I merely stiffed him, and
I bid the dude good-bye.

But cops are never fooled too long.
They found me in a bar.
I was good-looking—not too bright—
And had not gone too far.

They locked me up for failing to
Pay all my legal bills.
And now I have much more of them—
Oh, debt! It really kills.

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