Post details: ...and now, some poetry...

07/09/06

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...and now, some poetry...

Me mum used to read us kids poetry.

Sure, she almost read every Robert Service poem to us (being good Canadians and all) amongst others, but one book was her's and our favourite...

"Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls" by William Cole...

If I may induldge you with a few of my favourites...

NOTHING TO DO? by Shelley 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 marble down the hall,
Pour some ink in daddy's cap--
Now go upstairs and take a nap.

...and I can never forget...

SARAH CYNTHIA SYLVIA STOUT - by Shelley Silverstein

Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout
would not take the garbage out!
She'd boil the water
and open the cans
and scrub the pots
and scour the pans
and grate the cheese
and mash the yams
and spice the hams,
and make the jams.
But though her daddy
would scream and shout,
she would not take the garbage out.
And so it piled up to the ceilings:
Coffee grounds, potato peelings,
moldy bread and withered greens,
olive pits and soggy beans,
cracker boxes, chicken bones,
clamshells, eggshells, stale scones,
sour milk and mushy plums,
crumbly cake and cookie crumbs.
At last the garbage piled so high
that finally it reached the sky.
And none of her friends
Would come to play.
And all the neighbors moved away.
And finally Sarah Cynthia Stout
said, "I'll take the garbaged out!"
But then, of course, it was too late.
The garbage reached beyond the state,
from Memphis to the Golden Gate.
And Sarah met an awful fate,
which I cannot right now relate
because the hour is much too late.
But, children, think of Sarah Stout
and always take the garbage out!

...and to sooth the soul...

SISTER NELL - by Anonymous

In the family drinking well
Willie pushed his sister Nell.
She's there yet, because it kilt her--
Now we have to buy a filter.

...and what bedtime would be complete without...

THE STERN PARENT - by Harry Graham

Father heard his Children scream,
So he threw them in the stream,
Saying, as he drowned the third,
"Children should be seen, not heard!"

Oh yes, read them well to your own children... what could be more calming then...

YOUNG SAMMY WATKINS - by Anonymous

Young Sammy Watkins jumped out of bed;
He ran to his sister and cut off her head.
This gave his dear mother a great deal of pain;
She hopes that he never will do it again.

...and my mother wondered why her kids turned out the way we did. :)

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Comments:

Comment from: administration [Member] Email · http://www.helpcoverthebus.com/
Sounds like Vogon poetry to me .. ;)
PermalinkPermalink 07/10/06 @ 11:14
Comment from: admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
DON'T dismiss Vogon Poetry!

Remember: I'm bucking for a position as chief engineer in the Emotion Enhancement Dept. with The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation and "we" LOVE it! :)
PermalinkPermalink 07/10/06 @ 11:28
Comment from: Andy [Visitor] · http://spicycauldron.com
A truly excellent selection of poems! Some made me wince--in a good way--while others had me laughing out loud! x
PermalinkPermalink 02/06/07 @ 11:43

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