Happy birthday, Ogden

Here’s a poem in honor of Ogden Nash (1902-1971), whose birthday is today.

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No Doctors Today, Thank You

They tell me that euphoria is the feeling of feeling wonderful, well, today I feel euphorian,
Today I have the agility of a Greek god and the appetite of a Victorian.
Yes, today I may even go forth without my galoshes,
Today I am a swashbuckler, would anybody like me to buckle any swashes?
This is my euphorian day,
I will ring welkins and before anybody answers I will run away.
I will tame me a caribou
And bedeck it with marabou.
I will pen me my memoirs.
Ah youth, youth! What euphorian days them was!
I wasn’t much of a hand for the boudoirs,
I was generally to be found where the food was.
Does anybody want any flotsam?
I’ve gotsam.
Does anybody want any jetsam?
I can getsam.
I can play chopsticks on the Wurlitzer,
I can speak Portuguese like a Berlitzer.
I can don or doff my shoes without tying or untying the laces because I am wearing moccasins,
And I practically know the difference between serums and anti-toccasins.
Kind people, don’t think me purse-proud, don’t set me down as vainglorious,
I’m just a little euphorious.

10 Responses to Happy birthday, Ogden

  1. egorr says:

    “Consider the erstwhile Pelican,
    whose beak holds more than his belly can!”

    Great stuff.

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  2. Herb says:

    My favorite poet. I have a collection of his books.
    “Some ladies drink too much
    and some ladies pray too much
    But all ladies think that they weigh too much…”

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  3. John Holton says:

    I got my love of Ogden Nash from my father…

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  4. One of my dad’s favorite poets. I thought he was mine too but just realized I don’t have any of his poetry books and none of his poems memorized. Time to remedy that!

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  5. Oh to have spent an hour or two conversing with him!

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  6. jenny_o says:

    I love his work and have done so since I was a teenager. But this is one I do not recall reading – thank you!

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  7. ibikenyc says:

    Many thanks for reminding me of both Ogden Nash and “Never forget that someone else is happy with less than what you have.” 🙂

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  8. Thank you. I love Ogden Nash!

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