In honor of today’s prompt, here are a few poems that I hope give you a couple good chuckles.
Anyone who’s had to deal with upstairs neighbors can relate. Anyone who hasn’t, will be glad.
The People Upstairs
-poem by Ogden Nash
The people upstairs all practice ballet
their living room is a bowling alley.
Their bedroom is full of conducted tours,
their radio is louder than yours.
They celebrate week-ends all the week,
when they take a shower, your ceilings leak.
They try to get their parties to mix
by supplying their guests with Pogo sticks.
And when their fun at last abates,
they go to the bathroom on roller skates.
I might love the people upstairs more
If only they lived on another floor.
I don’t know much about limericks, or if the English have any actual love for them or not. To me they were always associated with dirty jokes so I wasn’t too sure what the actual perception of them has been. But here are a few because they’re old and famous, which hopefully means they’re okay. Edward Lear seems like the kind of guy who’d be fun at a party.
-Limericks by Edward Lear
There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, ‘It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!’
There was an Old Man of Peru,
Who watched his wife making a stew;
But once by mistake,
In a stove she did bake,
That unfortunate Man of Peru.
There was an Old Person of Ewell,
Who chiefly subsisted on gruel;
But to make it more nice
He inserted some mice,
Which refreshed that Old Person of Ewell.
There is a Young Lady whose nose
Continually prospers and grows;
When it grew out of sight,
she exclaimed in a fright,
“Oh! Farewell to the end of my nose!”
Man: 252 Loneliness: 33