And Twain came with a cane

Tom Sawyer was not a sawyer
Huckleberry Finn had no fins
The unnatural twins had some adventures
(but misadventures for us school kids)
Adventures not on road
But in the head of Mark Twain.
Alas, we had to suffer for it
’cause Twain wrote his dreams,
Contributions to literature
And we were left to study it
Caned by teachers
Scolded by parents.
Even though the first name of Twain was Mark
We never got marks for his stories
If going to school on Monday was miserable for Tom
We felt so for the whole week.
The teachers with cane in their hands
Had the serious look of Mark Twain
With the mighty moustache.
In the wildest of our dreams we saw
Tom sawying Huckleberry’s fins,
Like the weird dreams Pi saw
While floating on the ocean.
We pray to God even now
Not to repeat the school day dreams
As we are grown ups.



About madhunanr

Am a writer. Have published four books. Two in Malayalam (vernacular of Kerala state, India) and two in English. The first book is 'A sweating mind" (poems). The poem Named "Mother" was appreciated by Mr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, former President of India. The second book 'Glimpses of life through cobweb' was published in July, 2015.

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