In the article about the Loch Ness Monster
in the hoaxipedia, I've posted some Nessie haiku contributed by readers. I'm quite proud of my own contribution:
Lurking in the deep,
centuries old. Addicted
to tourist sushi.
But far more accomplished poets have also been inspired by Nessie. Glasgow's poet laureate, Edwin Morgan, included a poem, "The Loch Ness Monster's Song," in his 1970 collection Twelve Songs
. Here it is
Hnwhuffl hhnnwfl hnfl hfl?
Gdroblobblhobngbl gbl gl g g g g glbl.
Drublhaflabhalflubhafgabhhafl fl fl -
gm grawwwww grf grawf awfgm graw gm.
Splgraw fok fok splgrafthatchgabrlgabrl fok splfok!
Zgra kra gka fok!
Grof grawff gahf?
Gombl mbl bl-
According to a Rice University webpage
, in 1991 the poem was reprinted in 100 Poems on the Underground
, and had this explanation appended to it:
"The author explained in conversation that the lonely monster rises from
the loch and looks round for the companions of his youth -- prehistoric
reptiles -- and, finding nobody he knows, he descends again to the depths
after a brief swearing session. This was confirmed by a nine-year-old boy
in a workshop, who said the monster was 'looking for a diplodocus'. When
asked how he knew that, he said, 'It says so.' It does."
Sure enough, if you read the poem closely, you can tell that the monster is looking for a diplodocus, and does then start swearing.