Ogden Nash is a favorite of mine. I think I fell a little bit in love with him when I discovered The Tale of Custard the Dragon about that “realio, trulio, little pet dragon.” His word play is so clever and his work is permeated with such a sense of fun. Who can forget his wonderful The Germ? I was looking for some lighthearted fun today so I’m sharing one of Ogden Nash’s, hoping you enjoy it as well.
Pretty Halcyon Days
by Ogden Nash
How pleasant to sit on the beach,
On the beach, on the sand, in the sun,
With ocean galore within reach,
And nothing at all to be done!
No letters to answer,
No bills to be burned,
No work to be shirked,
No cash to be earned.
It is pleasant to sit on the beach
With nothing at all to be done.
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In these late days of August with school’s advent looming, I can’t quite embrace the “nothing at all to be done” feel of Nash’s poem, but his words inspired this effort.
Late Summer Charade
How lovely to sit on the porch
on a chair with a drink in the shade
surrounded by gardens afleck
with blossoms beginning to fade
My In-box is flooding
with e-mails a-stacking
I should be in school now
my classroom unpacking.
But ’tis lovely to sit on the porch
enjoying my care-free charade.
Molly Hogan (c) 2016
Hope your summer days are still unfolding with moments when you can enjoy “nothing at all to be done” or at least a convincing charade. To enjoy more poetry, head on over to Heidi Mordhorst’s delightful blog, My Juicy Little Universe, where she’s hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup.