Marvin Lurie

The Toads’ Ghazal

Never sit still on a busy road.
You might get squashed if you are a toad.

You have to move fast and jump aside,
don't go slow like the sloth that's three-toed.

Children at play on the shore are confused,
when they're warned, "beware the undertoad."

Look at the signs when you park your car,
park in the wrong place and you'll get towed.

A man at a bus stop stood in the street.
When the bus came he was de-toed.

An old word for a frog is a polliwog.
No one ever said pollitoad.

When you get a new puppy, give him a pill
to make sure he doesn't have a nematode.

Audiences once were much more reactive
bad actors and singers could get tomato-ed.

Beelzebufo ampinga hopped with dinosaurs,
a 65 million year old “armored devil toad.”

Poet Marv who writes in this peculiar mode
is with a sense of bad puns bestowed.

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