The Age Oddspot — Tuesday December 4, 2012
"North Korea has proved the existence of the unicorn.
Archaeologists say they found a large rock
carved with the words ‘‘unicorn lair’’ near a temple in Pyongyang.
The temple was once used by an ancient Korean King, Tongmyong,
who, according to written texts, kept a stable of them 2300 years ago."
(I’m assuming that the ‘them’ refers to unicorns and not temples
but you never can tell with The Age.)
The Dilemma of a Horn
The ancient king, Tongmyong,
Kept unicorns, but knew it wrong;
Those most wond’rous beasts
Were kebabs at his feasts:
A delicacy but, alas, not for long.
The unicorn stocks declined
As the King nonchalantly dined.
He caused quite a scandal
Using the horn as a handle,
Compounded by a poor choice of wine.
When last was just fricasseed,
The King was forced to concede
He’d mishandled the flock
And labelled a large rock
In memory of the end of its breed.
© J Cosmo Newbery 2012
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