Wednesday, April 28, 2010

from A Book of Nonsense - Edward Lear

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, "It is just as I feared!--
Two Owls and a Hen,Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!"

There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a Bee;
When they said, "Does it buzz?"
He replied, "Yes it does!
It's a regular brute of a Bee!"

There was a young lady whose chin,
Resembled the point of a pin:
so she had it made sharp,
And purchased a harp,
And played several tunes with her chin.

Edward Lear (1812-1888) was a poet and artist of antic wit who could not resist the silly and the absurd.


  1. As a child I was always bored. Life couldn't give me enough challenges (be careful what you wish for). Hmmmm anyway, this was my favorite childhood poem.

    Nothing To Do
    by Shel Silverstein

    Nothing to do?
    Nothing to do?
    Put some mustard in your shoe,
    Fill your pockets full of soot,
    Drive a nail into your foot,
    Put some sugar in your hair,
    Place your toys upon the stair,
    Smear some jelly on the latch,
    Eat some mud and strike a match,
    Draw a picture on the wall,
    Roll some marbles down the hall,
    Pour some ink in daddy's cap --
    Now go upstairs and take a nap.