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From Mad to Verse

by William F Dougherty

(Old verse on the day Ogden Nash cached in.)

Jabberwock, ode to a skylark,
he'd used any device (licit or il)
slyly to entice words to a lip tease;
that harlequin in word-paint on a stanzaic trapeze,
slapstick Houdini of phonetic cajolery
hocus-pocused versentences into breathless, paragraph-long forced (Holy Moly)
marches until they began to huff and puff, then yank them somersaulting
into rhyme-ribbing drollery.

Alas and alack, from mad to worsa,
his quipster's pen stalled, smack in mid-snicker,
candy still dandy and liquor quicker,
that clanging prankster,
that tricktionary, syntaxical most-wanted gangsta
bequeathed us pun-ditry of snigger and flashery-
crackerjack, whip-snap, impish, funny-boned, taffy-pull
Ogden Nashery.


Posted on 06/01/2012
Copyright © 2021 William F Dougherty

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by LK Barrett on 06/04/12 at 07:53 PM

All I need is a back beat and I'll rap this for you...scratch that, it has its own. Love this, and love you for putting it in my head and on my tongue. The Nash is not mocked...lk

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