A Poem for a Thursday #14

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Ogden Nash wrote over 500 pieces of light verse. At the time of his death, The New York Times said "his droll verse with its unconventional rhymes made him the country's best known producer of humorous poetry." When I was a child we had a volume of his poetry that included Custard the Cowardly Dragon. We loved it and begged for it to be read aloud. I still enjoy his pithy observations about life. Here is one:

Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
and that's what parents were created for.


When I was looking through his poems I kept thinking that he reminded me a bit of P. G. Wodehouse with his use of words and humor. Then I stumbled across this poem and it seemed the obvious choice for today. Did you know that in the last of the Jeeves and Wooster novels Bertie actually quotes Ogden Nash?

Bound to your bookseller, leap to your library,
Deluge your dealer with bakshish and bribary,
Lean on the counter and never say when, 
Wodehouse and Wooster are with us again.

Flourish the fish-slice, your buttons unloosing,
Prepare for the fabulous browsing and sluicing,
And quote, til you're known as the neighborhood nuisance,
The gems that illumine the browsance and sluicance.

Oh, fondle each gem, and after you quote it,
Kindly inform me just who wrote it.

Which came first, the egg or the rooster?
P.G. Wodehouse or Bertram Wooster?
I know hawk from handsaw, and Finn from Fiji,
But I can't disentangle Bertram from PG.

I inquire in the school room, I ask in the road house,
Did Wodehouse write Wooster, or Wooster Wodehouse?
Bertram Wodehouse and PG Wooster,
They are linked in my mind like Simon and Schuster.

No matter which fumbled in '41,
Or which the woebegone figure of fun.
I deduce how the faux pas came about,
It was clearly Jeeves's afternoon out.

Now Jeeves is back, and my cheeks are crumply
From watching him glide through Steeple Bumpleigh.

PG Wooster, Just as He Useter
Ogden Nash

2 comments

  1. What fun! I'd never read anything by Ogden Nash before. Thank you.

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    1. He is a lot of fun. His poems always make me smile.

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