Saturday, August 24, 2013

Ogden Nash

Some books I just couldn't throw out in my various purges. One of these was my "Pocket Book of Ogden Nash." I know that most, if not all, of his poems are on-line, but so many of these sites are just lists of titles. You then have to click on the title to open a second page to actually read the poem. Then you have go back to the original list of titles and click on another entry for another poem - you know - a whole lot of clicking going on. With a book, I can just flip through the pages and pick a poem or two very quickly, such as -

The Perfect Husband

He tells you when you've got on too much lipstick,
And helps you with your girdle when your hips stick.


Reflection On Ingenuity

Here's a good rule of thumb:
Too clever is dumb.

Or I can quickly find one of my favourites -

The Termite

Some primal termite knocked on wood
And tasted it, and found it good,
And that is why your Cousin May
Fell through the parlour floor today.

Or a poem that's very short -



Or more extended -

A Caution To Everybody

Consider the Auk;
Becoming extinct because he forgot how to fly, and could only walk.
Consider man, who may well become extinct
Because he forgot how to walk and learned how to fly before he thinked.

Hope you enjoyed them!!

The picture is for the poem:

Coffee, Games and Cobras

Snakes and Lattes Cafe´
Java with adders, Oy Vey!

Gives a whole new meaning to the term "snake eyes."

Have a day of fun!!!


  1. Thank you for an awfully fun post to read!

  2. Oh, Carol, Ogden Nash always makes me laugh! Thanks for the chuckle!

  3. I rather like Celery:
    Celery, raw
    Develops the jaw,
    But celery, stewed,
    Is more quietly chewed.

    Did you know that one of his ancestors gave his name to Nashville?