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Loch Ness Monster Poetry
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:

Sssnnnwhufffffl?
Hnwhuffl hhnnwfl hnfl hfl?
Gdroblobblhobngbl gbl gl g g g g glbl.
Drublhaflabhalflubhafgabhhafl fl fl -
gm grawwwww grf grawf awfgm graw gm.
Hovoplodok-doplodovok-plovodokot-doplodokosh?
Splgraw fok fok splgrafthatchgabrlgabrl fok splfok!
Zgra kra gka fok!
Grof grawff gahf?
Gombl mbl bl-
blm plm,
blm plm,
blm plm,
blp.

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.
Categories: Cryptozoology, Literature/Language
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jan 26, 2008
Comments (8)
No, he's swearing because we've named him "Nessie".
Posted by leshka  in  New York City  on  Sat Jan 26, 2008  at  11:35 PM
I love that Loch Ness Monster's song. ^.^
Posted by Katsu  in  PA  on  Sun Jan 27, 2008  at  05:16 PM
Now that's art.
Posted by Nona  on  Mon Jan 28, 2008  at  07:28 AM
very beautiful poetry that is related to cryptozoology which I love.This author obviously has a creative mind for poetry,which not too many people have.
Posted by Isaiah  in  somewhere on earth  on  Tue Jul 01, 2008  at  01:05 PM
That's pretty well done.
The explanation is particularly helpful, i was a bit confused at first. Thanks for the post!
Posted by Lyric  in  London  on  Sat Oct 04, 2008  at  04:43 PM
It is a very fascinating poem and very different from all the other poems i've read.
Posted by Love Reading  on  Fri Feb 06, 2009  at  05:40 PM
I don't get it. How on earth does that have anything to do with the loch ness monster trying to find a diplodocus? It's just a jumble of letters!
Posted by eliza  on  Fri Mar 13, 2009  at  11:23 PM
I love nessie.
Posted by shakia  in  sydney  on  Tue May 10, 2011  at  02:20 AM
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