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Ogden Nash and me

Updated on May 5, 2012

Crisp funny poem:

The cow is of the bovine ilk;

one end is moo, the other milk.

Another one:

The trouble with a kitten is that

when it grows up, it's always a cat.

Both by the master of light verse: Ogden Nash

Always loved Ogden Nash's crazy poetry. He looks at things from an unexpected angle and strings together unexpected words. The following are my attempts in tribute to him.

Flea at Long Neck

A giraffe was visited by a touring flea,

Who climbed her neck for eternity,

He finally, finally, reached her head,

And signed the postcard in giraffe blood.

Milk Teeth

Behind every successful bull-elephant,

Stands an unknown female elephant,

The source of the strength of his massive ivories

Is the calcium in the milk of Mummy’s mammaries.

He has a point!

The pen’s mightier than the sword,

But not when you meet a porcupine,

‘Cos he doesn’t possess writing skills,

But dangerous close-quarters fighting quills.

Male Chauvinist Pigs?

Dear feminists, don’t you see,

That the swine is not a MCP?

With adoring oinks and kisses,

He shows his respect for the missus.

Party Readymades

Antarctic parties do require,

A formal dinner attire,

But penguins have the advantage,

Of using natural plumage.

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    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      6 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you, Mittens! Shall check that out instantly! :)

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      Mittens 

      6 years ago

      I found this funny video interpretation of his poem "Adventures of Isabel" made by some highschool kids for a project. I had a good laugh. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUjOZIH0RP0&f

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      6 years ago from Chennai

      Loved it, Joanne! :)

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      SinusSister 

      6 years ago from Montreal

      NO pressure, Kenny. Hope you like it. (blush)

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      6 years ago from Chennai

      Sorry for the late reply, Joanne. Shall go to the page right away! :)

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      SinusSister 

      6 years ago from Montreal

      Kenny, well done! We share a love and respect for Nash. Check out my post today on Sinus Sister, featuring one of Nash's best poems...

      http://sinussister.com/blog/the-common-cold-rhyme-...

      Nash is Sinus Sister’s “go-to” poet, as she chronicles her life with bad sinuses.

      Joanne

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Hehe, thank you for your value addition, Spryte!

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      spryte 

      10 years ago from Arizona, USA

      Loved your tribute to Ogden Nash!

      The title of your article caught my eye since I'm also a major Ogden Nash fan and wrote my own "Ode a la Ogden." (Pardon me for using your forum...but I can't NOT post it) :)

      I sat inside my solitude

      I did not scream or shout

      Til some one pushed the door ajar

      And asked me to come out

      And play

      So this we did

      Adventures then were shared

      And when no one was looking

      My friend and I then dared

      To Love

      And this we did

      With a passion unrestrained

      And why the things we did were done

      I doubt could be explained

      To You

      And so I Won't.

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      I love your comment!

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      SunSeven 

      10 years ago from Singapore / India

      I love Zen, I love Haiku. I love your work.

      Way to go Kenny!

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Jstankevicz, I should thank you, too.

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      jstankevicz 

      10 years ago from Cave Creek

      Thanks for reminding us about the great Ogden Nash, and for emulating him so well!

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you, thank you, Isabella and Nicholas!

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      Nicholas Wells 

      10 years ago from Mora

      I love it great job. You gave my brain a treat.

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      Isabella Snow 

      10 years ago

      Clever! Nice selection!

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