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Monday, August 28, 2006

Who Needs Crabby Poetry

There is something about kids’ poetry that grabs me. For starters it is almost always funny and as far as I can make out the poet is not a pretentious twat. And even if he is, he is pretty darned good at not coming across as one. Though some poetry is fairly dark – Nash for instance.

Honestly what is with these wannabe poets who insist on bombarding the world with their crabby cribs? Am I interested in your shitty upbringing and Freudian complexes? I should hope not. I have problems of my own and these I write in a ridiculous outdated diary that will never be publicly unveiled let alone find its way into a blog.

Seriously unless you have a medical condition that requires community help, spare me. If you have to kill yourself, I advise electrocution.

Silly rhyme favourites: Shel Silverstein, Lewis Carroll, Ogden Nash and a whole lot more. And if we ever get to books : HH Munroe (SAKI) and Oscar Wilde any day of the year. And yes I do read Eliot and Shakespeare’s sonnets mostly because I have my second year MA to complete. Check my previous post. I never did find Wodehouse witty - silly yeah. Sue me.

I'll share your toys, I'll share your money,

I'll share your toast, I'll share your honey.

I'll share your milk, and your cookies too,

The hard part is sharing mine with you.

© Shel Silverstein


Celery, raw

Develops the jaw,

But celery, stewed,

Is more quietly chewed.

© Ogden Nash

8 comments:

Nikky Egland said...

Edward Gorey is another fave of mine - The Gashlycrumb Tinies is a classic!

Mukta said...

:-) I just like words that rhyme. simple-minded i am...

karmic_jay said...

For starters it is almost always funny and as far as I can make out the poet is not a pretentious twat

lol as long as you are calling grownups that..it's ok.

No poetic genes in this body..no sire.. but I liked the rhymes. Also I did find Wodehouse funny and I am not the types to sue. ;)

ketki said...

good words.......a string of pearls!

Apollo said...

Hi rama. quick post a silly pic right away.

How do we know said...

I LOVE OGDEN NASH.. and of course i want to know about his Freudian slips if he can make them as funny as he does!! :-)

da Angel wears Escada said...

I believe whoever it was that said:
'Rose, where did you get that Red?' was also a child.
There's much for us as adults to unlearn before we can hope to become half the poets our children are.

da Angel wears Escada said...

I believe whoever it was that said:'Rose, where did you get that Red?' was also a child.
There's much too much for us as adults to unlearn before we can hope to be half the poets our children are.