Saturday, November 28, 2015



Returning from Cedric and Virginia's at the end of Thanksgiving Day, the moon was bright and flowing light across the fields and road as we moved. Changing directions put it beautifully positioned through the trees and then with each turn it seemed livelier and brighter. It brought me in mind of the nonsense ditty by Edward Lear, The Owl And The Pussy-cat. As we rode along I began to sing it and struggle for the correct words. I'd get one stanza then another. And while I played with the words in the car, Jim said he had never heard the childhood verse. It was such fun to play with them I decided to look up the words on the internet.
OwlpussycatThis is the original Lear drawing from his book that he wrote for a friend's children. He was the first writer to introduce nonsense as a literary form. Oh, that we are richer for his playfulness makes me smile.
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,
You are,
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,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of 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,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
 I remembered the "exotic" word runcible, but didn't know until I went to Wikipedia that he invented the word for his poem.

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