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Welcome to Beastly Tales. Each has a message, a moral. All are meant to have an element of humour. Naturally, any names included do not depict real folk but are included as part of the joke.

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(As with Beastly Banter Beastly Tales is written and illustrated by Richard Hersel.)

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One’s name can say a lot,
Or perhaps it also may not.
Helen Highwater married Warren Peace,
She was slim, he was somewhat obese.
She became Helen Highwater Peace,
Say it too quickly, it could make you sneeze.
Frank Lee Daft played court to Helen Back.
When he popped the question, her mouth went slack.
How could I wed one who is Frank Lee Daft?
When we stepped out, the neighbour-hood laughed!

A young fellow Gonwit Thawind,
Gave an instruction he wished to rescind.
It was to his buddy Thalon Gestday,
He thought that instruction could cause dismay.
We’ll rescind, by all means, just no doubt,
Otherwise the whole thing will just Peter Out.

Randy Manfred is stepping out for the day.
Single minded purpose, from which he won’t sway.
He was going out to meet his girl.
Lascivious thoughts in his mind did swirl.
There she was, on her way to work,
Can’t you see, I’m busy right now, you stupid jerk!

Names are labels, we wear them with care,
Sometimes when called, we act as though not there.
A name follows us from nursery to grave,
Even then, on a tombstone, it stands out brave!
A reputation, a name, of which to be proud.
Conversely, a poor reputation, lost in a crowd!
“He has a name, a reputation to protect,”
“Too many steps wrong, and it will deflect.”

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I really liked it. It is enjoyable and it also carries a message which I think I understand.

It's lame to say but I think there's a spelling mistake in the first line of the last stanza. /(Then has to be them)/.

And If you have time then just have a look at my latest poem. I'll be glad to hear back from you. Maybe my work will worth your time.


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Beastlybanter - please have a look at my poetry and help me 'get it out there' (if you like it) Thanks!

"A name follows us from nursery to grave," exactly right! I do wonder what some parents were thinking when you hear the names they've picked for there children.