... sometimes I read a poem and I'm amazed at how the intricate use of language conveys such simple ideas... especially when the message of the author is brought out so clearly... take the poem below, for instance... I have a feeling that Dax knows how old Oggie was feeling when he wrote it... Hell, I guess we all want to be that lama from time to time... oh, and read it out loud... it's just better that way...

I Will Arise And Go Now... by Ogden Nash

In far Tibet
There live a lama,
He got no poppa,
Got no momma,

He got no wife,
He got no chillun,
Got no use
For penicillun,

He got no soap,
He got no opera,
He don't know Irium
From copra,

He got no songs,
He got no banter,
He don't know Hope,
He don't know Cantor,

He got no teeth,
He got no gums,
Don't eat no Spam,
Don't need no Tums.

He love to nick him
When he shave;
He also got
No hair to save.

Got no distinction,
No clear head,
Don't call for Calvert;
Drink milk instead.

He use no lotions
For allurance,
He got no car
And no insurance,

No Alsop warnings,
No Pearson rumor
For this self-centered

Indeed, the
Ignorant Have-Not
Don't even know
What he don't got.

If you will mind
The box-tops, comma,
I think I'll go
And join that lama.

... Ogden Nash was a genius...

by Eric on July 27, 2005 | Bullshit (4) | TrackBack (0) | Poetry
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He IS a genius. He reminds me of Shel Silverstein sometimes, with the fun nonsense verse and that impeccable sense of rhyme and meter, but then he knocks me flat with amazement in his revelations, like this one.

Bullshitted by justrose on July 27, 2005 06:01 PM

Genius? Genius?

Show me his turd in the punchbowl poem!

But it was a pretty good poem though... Good one Eric...

Bullshitted by RedNeck on July 27, 2005 06:27 PM

Love the rhythm in there, Eric. Flows.

But as I read that, I thought of Matt's "Who the fuck steals Ogden Nash?" Heheh...

Bullshitted by That 1 Guy on July 27, 2005 09:29 PM

.. indeed... it takes a real lowlife to steal a man's copy of Ogden Nash.. the bastards....

Bullshitted by Eric on July 27, 2005 09:37 PM