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Ogden Nash Short Poems

Famous Short Ogden Nash Poems. Short poetry by famous poet Ogden Nash. A collection of the all-time best Ogden Nash short poems


by Ogden Nash
 To keep your marriage brimming
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you’re wrong, admit it;
Whenever you’re right, shut up.



by Ogden Nash
 Hypochondriacs
Spend the winter at the bottom of Florida and the summer on top of
the Adirondriacs.
You go to Paris and live on champagne wine and cognac If you're dipsomognac.
If you're a manic-depressive You don't go anywhere where you won't be cheered up, and people say "There, there!" if your bills are excessive.
But you stick around and work day and night and night and day with your nose to the sawmill.
If you're nawmill.
Note: Dipsomaniac -- alcoholic

by Ogden Nash
 Affection is a noble quality;
It leads to generosity and jollity.
But it also leads to breach of promise If you go around lavishing it on red-hot momise.

by Ogden Nash
 Consider the auk;
Becoming extinct because he forgot how to fly, and could only walk.
Consider man, who may well become extinct Because he forgot how to walk and learned how to fly before he thinked.

by Ogden Nash
 The firefly's flame 
Is something for which science has no name 
I can think of nothing eerier 
Than flying around with an unidentified glow on a 
person's posteerier.

by Ogden Nash
 I didn't go to church today,
I trust the Lord to understand.
The surf was swirling blue and white, The children swirling on the sand.
He knows, He knows how brief my stay, How brief this spell of summer weather, He knows when I am said and done We'll have plenty of time together.

by Ogden Nash
 Senescence begins
And middle age ends
The day your descendents
Outnumber your friends.



Celery  Create an image from this poem
by Ogden Nash
 Celery, raw
Develops the jaw,
But celery, stewed,
Is more quietly chewed.

by Ogden Nash
 This is my dream, 
It is my own dream, 
I dreamt it.
I dreamt that my hair was kempt.
Then I dreamt that my true love unkempt it.

by Ogden Nash
 Praise the spells and bless the charms,
I found April in my arms.
April golden, April cloudy, Gracious, cruel, tender, rowdy; April soft in flowered languor, April cold with sudden anger, Ever changing, ever true -- I love April, I love you.

by Ogden Nash
 There is something about a Martini,
A tingle remarkably pleasant;
A yellow, a mellow Martini;
I wish I had one at present.
There is something about a Martini, Ere the dining and dancing begin, And to tell you the truth, It is not the vermouth-- I think that perhaps it's the gin.

by Ogden Nash
 A child need not be very clever
To learn that "Later, dear" means "Never.
"

by Ogden Nash
 A girl whose cheeks are covered with paint
Has an advantage with me over one whose ain't.

by Ogden Nash
 Beneath this slab
John Brown is stowed.
He watched the ads And not the road.

by Ogden Nash
 I find it very difficult to enthuse 
Over the current news.
Just when you think that at least the outlook is so black that it can grow no blacker, it worsens, And that is why I do not like the news, because there has never been an era when so many things were going so right for so many of the wrong persons.

by Ogden Nash
 I would live all my life in nonchalance and insouciance
Were it not for making a living, which is rather a nouciance.

by Ogden Nash
 There was a young belle of Natchez
Whose garments were always in patchez.
When comment arose On the state of her clothes, She drawled, When Ah itchez, Ah scratchez!

by Ogden Nash
 People expect old men to die, 
They do not really mourn old men.
Old men are different.
People look At them with eyes that wonder when… People watch with unshocked eyes; But the old men know when an old man dies.

by Ogden Nash
 The truth I do not stretch or shove
When I state that the dog is full of love.
I've also found, by actual test, A wet dog is the lovingest.

by Ogden Nash
 My friends all know that I am shy,
But the chipmunk is twice and shy and I.
He moves with flickering indecision Like stripes across the television.
He's like the shadow of a cloud, Or Emily Dickinson read aloud.

by Ogden Nash
 The people upstairs all practise ballet
Their living room is a bowling alley
Their bedroom is full of conducted tours.
Their radio is louder than yours, They celebrate week-ends all the week.
When they take a shower, your ceilings leak.
They try to get their parties to mix By supplying their guests with Pogo sticks, And when their fun at last abates, They go to the bathroom on roller skates.
I might love the people upstairs more If only they lived on another floor.

by Ogden Nash
 The turtle lives 'twixt plated decks
Which practically conceal its sex.
I think it clever of the turtle In such a fix to be so fertile.

by Ogden Nash
 Some primal termite knocked on wood 
And tasted it, and found it good! 
And that is why your Cousin May 
Fell through the parlor floor today.

by Ogden Nash
 Tell me, O Octopus, I begs
Is those things arms, or is they legs?
I marvel at thee, Octopus;
If I were thou, I'd call me Us.

by Ogden Nash
 The summer like a rajah dies,
And every widowed tree
Kindles for Congregationalist eyes
An alien suttee.


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