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Poem: Klanger and Din 

KLANGER AND DIN

Cousin Din made it known
To Klanger his kin
That his relative often
Got under his skin.

So Din said to Klanger,
“I’m jealous as hell
’cause I just make noises,
You’re clear as a bell.

“You clank and you cluck
You bang and you drum
You crash and you thunder
Your noise is no hum.

“You boom and you bluster
You clink and you clachet
You gong and you clangor
“You make a great racket.”

“No need to feel jealous.”
Said Klanger to Din
“For you are the power
Where noises begin.

“From beep to ka-boom
From swish to ka-bish
You make any noises
You like or you wish.

“You whiz and you whistle
You babble and sigh
You gurgle and giggle
You moan and you cry.

“So you are quite general
And I’m very specific
But both of us, yes,
Make noises terrific!”


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