Wednesday, June 27, 2012

june '74

Why is the owl & pussycat's boat pea-green? Is it made of bamboo? Has moss grown on it?

What is a bong tree? Is it in the south pacific? Is it gong-like, or hollow like a hookah? 

Why honey? With what? 

If there’s plenty of money, why offer the piggy-wig just a shilling for the ring? There seems little else to spend it on.

Why did they sail for a year and a day, or 366 days? Is it because even numbers are more harmonious?

With the delightful picture of marriage portrayed in the owl and pussycat, why did Edward Lear never marry? Is it because he entertained a number of pet peeves, including noise, gaiety, and hens? "When I go to heaven, if indeed I go -and am surrounded by thousands of polite angels- I shall say courteously, 'please leave me alone.'"


ron hardy said...

Actually bongs are grown and harvested in orchards. Just like apples and oranges. They are then sold to parapharnelia stores worldwide.

ron hardy said...

Hmmm. Is that you with the camera, Sarah?

SarahJane said...


Kathleen said...

I loved The Owl and the Pussycat as a child, and read it fairly recently to children.

kenc said...

Edward Lear would have a friend in Mark Twain, who feared heaven with its harps and do-gooders above all else. "Heaven for climate, hell for company," or something like that, he once said (or maybe not, as the is one of the most mis-attributed speakers of all time).

As for the picture: frighteningly 70s!

Emmanuel said...

love the words, love the photo


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