Friday, November 25, 2016

Sound & Sense, 2-85

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. moo (noun): the throat noise of a cow; (verb): to make the throat noise of a cow
2. moue (noun): a little grimace, pout

She liked to moo as sunset fell,
And she could moo so very well—
Accompanied by that thick bell

That Farmer Jones put round her neck.
A bull he owned—his name was Beck—
Just loved that moo—made Beck a wreck

Emotionally. But what to do
To get to hear that magic moo
For all of time? And this is true:

Beck eased up next to her one day,
Revealed his feelings (it was May).
Her moue was better than sweet hay.

They formed a pair there on the farm—
He had the power; she had charm.
He kept her from the smallest harm.

And so they lived throughout their days—
With moos and moues, their love ablaze—
Reminding some of Shakespeare plays.

(The happy ones.)

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