Wednesday, May 8, 2013

OGDEN NASH: THREE POEMS





In the previous post on my brother, I mentioned about my brother’s love for Ogden Nash. As I reflect more, I remember books like ‘Pocket Book of Ogden Nash by Ogden Nash’, Selected Poetry of Ogden Nash’ etc.  In this post I reproduce a few of his eminently fun poems with the following introductory lines taken from Wikipedia: “Frederic Ogden Nash (August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971) was an American poet well known for his light verse. At the time of his death in 1971, the New York Times said his "droll verse with its unconventional rhymes made him the country's best-known producer of humorous poetry". Ogden Nash wrote over 500 pieces of comic verse. The best of his work was published in 14 volumes between 1931 and 1972.”

A Word to Husbands

To keep your marriage brimming
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you’re wrong, admit it;
Whenever you’re right, shut up.
OGDEN NASH

The Octopus


Octopus
Photo courtesy:
Ethan Daniels/Getty Images
http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2013/apr/30/octopus-footed-void
Tell me, O Octopus, I begs
Is those things arms, or is they legs?
I marvel at thee, Octopus;
If I were thou, I'd call me Us.
OGDEN NASH

Lines On Facing Forty

I have a bone to pick with Fate.
Come here and tell me, girlie,
Do you think my mind is maturing late,
Or simply rotted early?
OGDEN NASH

Read more of his poems at www.poemhunter.com
from where these poems have been sourced