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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Why Did Ogden Do It?

What rhymes with lightning? ... Frightening!

you can toss doggerel
fast as you write it
down the wishing well.

But don't get uptight
do not wish you might
try ... oh sigh ...
a limerick tonight.

A limerick
is just a trick
to hide the fact
your brain's a brick

and doggerel's the lowest form of humor
much like having a literary tumor.
You hope to get rid of it–put a lid on it
or go to India and change your name to Kumar.

Then why did Ogden do it?

Ogdan Nash though brainy and brash
spent many a day in extreme rash
of uncontrollable rhyming syntax.
Then he'd have a drink and crash.

***With apologies to Ogden, Kumar,
and the many limerists and doggerelists, including myself-ist.

Paint on,


  1. Could you be any cuter?
    I want to be your suitor.

  2. I am really quite thrilled, but the position is filled.

  3. Candy is dandy
    But liquor is quicker.

    The Wisdom of Ogden