Sunday, August 26, 2012

993. The Ogre's Meal (or The Toad Not Taken)

Continuing on the bowlderization challenge mentioned in the previous post, heres another parody of another famous Robert Frost poem - The Road Not Taken.

This was a fun parody to produce in that I made the most minimal number of changes to the original poem. I've highlighted the words I changed in grey below (only 22! - and yes, the third stanza is entirely untouched).

Note: the title is an important part of this poem.
The Ogre’s Meal (a.k.a. The Toad Not Taken)
Parody by Vikram Madan

Two toads emerged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not gobble both
And be one gobbler, long I stood
And looked in one as far as I could
And smelled it’s scent in the undergrowth

Then took the other, as just as scowled
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was warty and smelled more foul
Though as for that the passing fowl
Had fouled them really about the same

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back

I shall be telling this with a cuss
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two toads emerged in a wood, and thus -
I took the one more odorous
And that has made all the flatulence.

Parody Copyright © 2012, Vikram Madan



  1. Twisted and spectacular - just how I like 'em!

  2. Thanks Renee! :)
    [ And thanks for stopping by ... ]

  3. And I agree with Douglas. I love the cartoon, Vikram, as well as the poem. I look forward to 999 more!

  4. I so enjoyed this on David's blog and am delighted to see it here in its illustrated glory. Too funny! (And quite impressive that you changed so few words and yet - um, steered us so quickly from profound thoughts to amphibian odors!?)

    1. Hi Robyn, The magic is entirely Frost's - I'm just the window dresser dabbling with a can of (profoundly odorous) paint :) ...


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