Roland Dürre
Friday December 20th, 2013

Singing Elks ..

A particularly nice Christmas Greeting was sent to me by our author Klaus Hnlica. Klaus is the one who writes the series on Carl & Gerlinde which always makes me smile.

But once in a while, he will also write a poem – like for the 2013 Christmas:

They asked me: do elks sing?
And if so, does it sting?
Besides, what kind of song
Would make them not sound wrong?
A “Silent Night” with antlers donned
Might sound a little way beyond!

In fact, it might scare all the bears
And even hurt the hunters’ ears!
And just imagine, what a deer
Might feel about such curious cheer?
A crow might quite correctly claim
That even she has better aim
With pitch and tunes than you can hear
From where the foal and cow are near.

Yet Joe and Mary seem just fine,
Their youngster sounds to them divine.
His iPhone link knows all his needs,
He flicks his tongue, delights and feeds.
If Apple could an elk just teach
How best her high notes she could reach:

Why not with head-sets as an aid?
Is that not why they have been made?
At long last, we would then achieve
What some have never dared believe:
The network concept works indeed
For human-mammal language need.

The entire Christmas season gains
If elks and humans share their brains.
The churches, too, would be so cosy
With elks that want to get a posy.
They would be belling songs of old,
With Christmas stories being told!

Yet here at home, this year we will
Need neither elks, nor network spill,
Because all the children have arrived
To show that their own offspring thrived.
And just like every year it sounds
Our Christmas Corals making rounds!

A heartfelt Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from Brigitte and Klaus Hnilica
Rodenbach, December 2013.

Now I wonder if elks could also sing in Bavarian dialect.

RMD

P.S.
And for all lovers of singing elks, here comes Elks 2.0:

They asked me: do elks sing?
And if so, does it sting?
Besides, what kind of song
Would make them not sound wrong?

A “Silent Night” with antlers donned
Might sound a little way beyond!
In fact, it might scare all the bears
And even hurt the hunters’ ears!

And just imagine, what a deer
Might feel about such curious cheer?
A crow might quite correctly claim
That even she has better aim
With pitch and tunes than you can hear
From where the foal and cow are near.

Yet Joe and Mary seem just fine,
Their youngster sounds to them divine.
His iPhone link knows all his needs,
He flicks his tongue, delights and feeds.
If Apple could an elk just teach
How best her high notes she could reach:

Why not with head-sets as an aid?
Is that not why they have been made?
At long last, we would then achieve
What some have never dared believe:
The network concept works indeed
For human-mammal language need.

The entire Christmas season gains
If elks and humans share their brains.
The churches, too, would be so cosy
With elks that want to get a posy.
They would be belling songs of old,
With Christmas stories being told!

Even Pope Francis would agree
To use his App and bless all thee,
All elks and humans could then share
The bread and wine and really care.
For what we need is rather plain:
Money should us freedom gain.

Klaus Hnilica
(Translated by EG)

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