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Pome of the Day


Come to Mama’s Pizza shop

Pizza very nice

Drool at all the things on top

But never ask the price

You can come and stand outside

And smell the mozzarella

If it’s raining don’t forget

To bring your own umbrella

Watch as Mama’s friends go in

Don’t get in the way

If they kick you in the shins

Be careful what you say

Watch out! Here comes Sonny Boy

Did you bring a sheet?

Lie down, let him walk on you

He mustn’t wet his feet

Mama cuts the pizza up

Mama feeds her friends

Will you get some crumbs as well?

Well, it all depends

Were you nice to Sonny Boy?

Did you kiss his tushie?

Were you gentle, full of joy?

He hates it when you’re pushy.

Mama’s pizza, hot and fresh

Pizza very nice

If you bend down far enough

You could get a slice.

23 comments on “Pome of the Day

  1. mradula
    September 18, 2012


  2. induchhibber (@inducares)
    September 18, 2012

    Well this is a superb satire,subtle & hard hitting,as they say ‘jor ka jhatka dhire se’.
    only one problem-even those who don’t get crumbs,have to pay the price.

  3. walkerjay
    September 18, 2012


  4. longytv
    September 19, 2012


  5. Progressive Action NH
    September 20, 2012

    Reblogged this on Progressive Action New Hampshire and commented:
    Mamma Romney will give you some…maybe if you play nice
    she’ll give you a slice

    • shovonc
      September 20, 2012

      Don’t bet on it, brother.

  6. longytv
    September 20, 2012

    National Symbols ke saath ched chaad ke liye aapke khilaaf action liya jaa sakta hai.

    • Abhishek
      September 20, 2012

      Since when is Pizza a national symbol 🙂 He is not flirting (ched chad-0-ing) with a paratha or samosa !@#$

      • longytv
        September 22, 2012

        Since 2004.

  7. meowpurrs
    September 22, 2012

    Hey, thats truly nice! Rhyming and satire! But i wonder what is the “pizza”?

  8. Main Street Musings Blog
    September 23, 2012

    “Did you kiss his tushie?” — Too funny. I grew up using the word ‘tushie’ but hadn’t heard it in years! Love it . . .

  9. panchali
    September 23, 2012

    Ah, this is hard hitting, I really feel ashamed and guilty… May be, this is middle class guilt? What a dumb, meaningless expression….sic

    Perhaps the most disadvantaged group in India are the millions of street children who live or work on the street..

    .I don’t know what to say…sigh!! Very well put…

  10. Arti
    September 24, 2012

    Whoa! That was a superb expression. The last line just nailed it, amazing satire very well put!

  11. anupam patra
    September 24, 2012

    There you go again Shovon. Giving it right back in the face.

    Loved it

  12. iamalexwyler
    September 27, 2012

    Hahaha nice poetry! 😀
    I like pizza too, but can’t eat this delicious food to often.
    Btw, sorry for my english, it’s not my native language.

    • shovonc
      September 28, 2012

      Don’t worry, the main thing is confidence. Shakespeare didn’t know much English either — he kept making up words.

      • iamalexwyler
        September 28, 2012

        Yes, and You write very true words!

  13. Ankita Sharma
    October 17, 2012

    Amazing! I discovered your blog today and have read almost every piece on your home page. hard hitting pieces and written superbly!! keep up the good work!

    • shovonc
      October 17, 2012

      Thanks. You should write more often. It’s like a muscle.

  14. Narayan
    November 12, 2013

    Despite what your other followers say ( usial ondian ” khandaan stufff : aka gulag – iam not coming ) it put me in mind of people disembarking from chauffeured cars in Def col mkt ( say ) to eat a slice of hurried pizza and tripping over some sad one.
    Which was the intention ?
    Or both ?

    • shovonc
      November 13, 2013

      Good point. I guess it works at both levels. I thought of it in Italian terms, but yes, empty stomachs work too. Maybe better.

      All your comments are making me think of doing another pome. I’d kind of chucked them because they’re not really poems, more like rhymes. That’s why they’re called pomes. Then I realized, poor quality never stopped me before. Why worry now?

  15. Narayan
    November 12, 2013

    Sorry : how did usual Indian become usual Indian ( sounds like a west india snack ! ) . What I mean to ask is are you emphasising the Italian connect or the empty stomach connect ( not that the two are not interlinked:-)

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