More nonsense poems!
The last two weeks were hectic! I wanted to do this post earlier, but I didn’t get a chance.
I remember in one of my student internships at a magazine I obtained this awesome book: “The Works 8: Every shape, style and form of poem that you will ever need for the Literacy Hour – Chosen by John Foster”. I’m so glad I got this book otherwise I would have never learned there was such a thing as nonsense poems. John Foster has a category especially reserved for it: “N is for…”
He defines nonsense poems as such:
” A nonsense poem is a poem which describes nonsensical people, events or things or which uses nonsense words.” (p.189)
Here are some examples:
The Num-Num Bird
Have you ever heard of the Num-Num bird?
Have you ogled his terrible beak?
He could peck off your nose, or your fingers or toes,
With one speedy but effortless tweak.
The Num-Num nests in warm woolly vests
Which he steals from your washing line
And he uses the pegs to hold in his eggs
Of which he has eight or nine.
The Num-Num bird is a trifle absurd
For his legs are a metre long
and he speeds down the street with his size 12 feet
A-singing his Num-Num song.
If you ever hear a strange whisper in your ear
‘Num-Num!’ then you’d better run
For you’re doomed if he sees your extremities
Cos he’ll nibble them one by one.
Yaks like yoghurt!
Yes they do!
If a yak gets a yoghart he yells
If you give a yak a yoghurt
He will yell YIPPEE!
‘Yoghurt is yummy
More yoghurt for me!’
Snakes like a snack of sausages
Ssssso they sssay
If a snake has a sausage
he will suck it all day.
So get a sizzling sausage
slap it on the slab
so every passing python says
‘You are SSSsssssimply FAB!
Ladies and Jellybeans
Ladies and jellybeans
Reptiles and crocodiles
I stand before you
And sit behind you
To tell you something
I know nothing about.
There will be a meeting tomorrow night
Right after breakfast
To decide which colour
To whitewash the church.
There is no admission;
Just pay at the door.
There will be plenty of seats,
So sit on the floor.
The Owl and the Pussy Cat
The Owl and the Pussy Cat went to sea
in a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
and sang to a small guitar,
‘O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are!’
Pussy said to the Owl, ‘You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
but what shall we do for a ring?’
They sailed away for a year and a day,
to the land where the Bong-tree grows,
and there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,
With a ring at the end of his nose,
With a ring at his nose.
‘Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?’ Said the Piggy, ‘I will.’
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
which they ate with a runcible spoon;
and hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
He also mentions the Jabberwocky poem, but I have already mentioned it in a previous post.
In the next post I’ll be talking about tongue twisters.
Posted on July 5, 2013, in Poems and tagged Doda Smith, Edward Lear, John Foster, Ladies and Jellybeans, Michaela Morgan, nonsense poems, The Num-Num bird, The owl and the pussy, Yummy. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on More nonsense poems!.