O. Nash 

A Tribute to the Poet, Ogden Nash (1902-1971)

"... my field -- the minor idiocies of humanity" 

More Short Subjects, Naturally 
The Jellyfish 

Who wants my jellyfish? 
I'm not sellyfish! 

The Fly 

The Lord in His wisdom made the fly, 
And then forgot to tell us why. 

The Cow 

The cow is of bovine ilk; 
One end is moo, the other is milk. 

The Eel 

I don't mind eels 
Except as meals. 
And the way they feels. 

The Turtle 

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. 

The Dog 

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. 

The Ant 

The ant has made himself illustrious 
Through constant industry industrious. 
So what? 
Would you be calm and placid, 
If you were full of formic acid? 

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