I’m not sure when I first discovered Ogden Nash, but it may have been when reading The Tale of Custard the Dragon to my entranced children–we all quickly became die-hard fans of Belinda and her “realio trulio little pet dragon”. Or perhaps it was at my sister and brother-in-law’s wedding when they chose Tin Wedding Whistle as one of their readings. I mean, really, who can resist these lines?
…Somehow, I can be complacent
Never but with you adjacent.
Near and far, near and far,
I am happy where you are;
Likewise I have never larnt
How to be it where you aren’t.
Regardless, I dare you to try to read just one Ogden Nash poem. They’re simply addictive–Clever, satirical and utterly delightful! Ogden Nash’s creative light-hearted verse is the perfect treat on a hot summer day. His whimsical word play goes down like an iced glass of lemonade with a splash of sparkling seltzer. Enjoy!
Here’s a poem that’s simply perfect for the steamy, humid weather that’s been visiting us in Maine recently.
by Ogden Nash
When the thunder stalks the sky,
When tickle-footed walks the fly,
When shirt is wet and throat is dry,
Look, my darling, that’s July.
Through the grassy lawn be leather,
And prickly temper tug the tether,
Shall we postpone our love for weather?
If we must melt, let’s melt together!
...This cold you wave away as naught Is the damnedest cold man ever caught! Give ear, you scientific fossil! Here is the genuine Cold Colossal; The Cold of which researchers dream, The Perfect Cold, the Cold Supreme. This honored system humbly holds The Super-cold to end all colds; The Cold Crusading for Democracy; The Führer of the Streptococcracy. ...
Here are a few Nash limericks showcasing his creativity and his classic inventive spelling.
There once was a man from Calcutta,
Who coated his tonsils with butta,
Thus converting his snore
From a thunderous roar,
To a soft, oleaginous mutta.
There was a young belle of old Natchez
Whose garments were always in patchez.
When comment arose
On the state of her clothes,
She replied, When Ah itchez, Ah scratchez.
By the way, if you’re not familiar with Merchant’s album Leave Your Sleep, you really should check it out. In this 7-year project she selected 19th and 20th century children’s poems and set them to music. She collaborated with 130 musicians in a wide variety of musical styles. It’s a rare treat!
This week’s Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by Katie at The Logonauts . Click on the link to enjoy even more poetry there!