Friday, May 01, 2009

Immodest

IMMODEST, adj. Having a strong sense of one's own merit, coupled with a feeble conception of worth in others.
There was once a man in Ispahan
Ever and ever so long ago,
And he had a head, the phrenologists said,
That fitted him for a show.

For his modesty's bump was so large a lump
(Nature, they said, had taken a freak)
That its summit stood far above the wood
Of his hair, like a mountain peak.

So modest a man in all Ispahan,
Over and over again they swore —
So humble and meek, you would vainly seek;
None ever was found before.

Meantime the hump of that awful bump
Into the heavens contrived to get
To so great a height that they called the wight
The man with the minaret.

There wasn't a man in all Ispahan
Prouder, or louder in praise of his chump:
With a tireless tongue and a brazen lung
He bragged of that beautiful bump

Till the Shah in a rage sent a trusty page
Bearing a sack and a bow-string too,
And that gentle child explained as he smiled:
"A little present for you."

The saddest man in all Ispahan,
Sniffed at the gift, yet accepted the same.
"If I'd lived," said he, "my humility
Had given me deathless fame!"
—Sukker Uffro
2009 Update: Common.

Rabbit rabbit

22 comments:

actonbell said...

Rabbit, rabbit! Will be back later to give that a better read.

TLP said...

Rabbit rabbit!

IMMODEST: Just about every famous person.

tsduff said...

Rabbit Rabbit!
My mother thought the bathing suit I wore as a young teenager was lacking modesty. Looking back now, I tend to agree with her.

karma said...

where the hell is Ispahan? oh well, rabid, rabid

chxactin: exactly

Tom & Icy said...

Rabbit and rabbit

Nessa said...

Rabbits, rabbits are immodest.

the amoeba said...

IMMODESTO, n. California nightmarin'.

Rabbit casserole.

Anonymous said...

timeless fame--
being on a mailing list
available to any common
mortal...immodest fame
on the other hand(or is that in hand)
seems to center around
fountains , strippers
and
washington dc


Peace

quilly said...

IMMODEST adj. the preferred trend in beachwear on Oahu's tourist beaches.

quilly said...

Playboy Bunny
Playboy Bunny

Jamie Dawn said...

I'm the King of the World!!!!!!!!

javajazz said...

Rabbi Rabbi doglet...

unlike Terry, i never wore
bathing suits ever,
because
immodest.

sauerkraut said...

rabbit rabbit, indeed.

planted some sweet peas just a couple o'days ago and there was the rabbit. eating. again.

feeling a bit jade and jilted... no rhyming of dance, france and underpants?

G said...

Rabbit, rabbit! Immodesty is so common but every once in a while, I'm still stunned by it.

Ice said...

Immodest is our way of honesty.

Ice said...

Rabbit rabbit!

Anonymous said...

tibbar tibbar....

Doug said...

Rabbit rabbit, Actonbell.

And the people whose attention makes them famous, TLP. Rabbitses.

Terry, we're all more modest in retrosepct, aren't we?

Karma, right near Isfahan, I think. At least in the dictionary.

Rabbit rabbit, Tom and Nessa.

You've been to Modesto, I guess, Amoeba.

Bear, the statues are the worst, aren't they?

Bless the island, Quilly.

JD, I about believe it. DId you mail your tea bag to yourself?

JJ, there might be such a thing as too modest. If not, there's you.

Sauerkraut, they love cucumbers, too. Or maybe those are the squirrels. In any case, my dogs are loafing.

G, that's true, isn't it. I'm just shocked people can be so vain in front of me.

True, Ariel. Like going in the revolving door behind someone and coming out in front.

Tibbar, tibbar, bear.

Ice said...

;)

Anonymous said...

have curtains,will travel...
happy saturday
Peace

Cooper said...

That was harsh.

Hobbes said...

Creating wardrobe "malfunctions," or not wearing a burka.