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POEMS ON THE TRAIN

Having finished the Random House Treasury of Best-Loved Poems, I have moved onto The Puffin Book of Nonsense Verse. This collection is chocful of chuckles just waiting to be released on the train on a moody Monday morning. The poems in the Puffin Book were selected and illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Blake discusses the concept of nonsense in his introduction.
 
"I've certainly had some dealings with it at one time and another; and there seems to be some natural affinity between nonsense in words and nonsense in pictures. It's something I first noticed many years ago when I was still a schoolboy. I had gone to stay with some family friends in the country. They had three small children, and I found myself making drawings to amuse them. Here's a giant to begin with - not too difficult. But should he have one head or two? I seem to remember that in the end we decided that three looked best. And then this dragon: five legs? seventeen? why not twenty-two? With socks on, of course. What we were happily launched into was the experimental nonsense of suppose-we-make-it-different."
 

This got me thinking about what I like most about brainstorming. The what-if questions, the fun, the coming up with the different and the ridiculous. Stumbling into good stories and characters. I like to bounce ideas off my children. At the ages of ten and six, they are valuable contributors to my creative process. They come up with whacky and hilarious suggestions.

Getting back to POEMS ON THE TRAIN, I'd like to share this one, which appeals to my (less than) sophisticated sense of humor. Guaranteed to amuse six- and ten-year-olds.
 
ONE FINE DAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
              -   By Anonymous

One fine day in the middle of the night,
Two dead men got up to fight,
Back to back they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other.
A paralysed donkey passing by
Kicked a blind man in the eye,
Knocked him through a nine-inch wall
Into a dry ditch and drowned them all.

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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
(Anonymous)
Apr. 14th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
In the middle of what?
Love the poem.

Hope you don't mind but I'm going to print it and stick it on the back of the toilet door (powder room to you).

From Downunder
angeladegroot
Apr. 20th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
Re: In the middle of what?
That's right. Just think of me everytime you are sitting on the shanks.
writerjenn
Apr. 15th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
It took me a while to get past this sentence: "Blake discusses the concept of nonsense ..."
It's wonderful when you think about it. "Let's discuss nonsense, shall we?"
angeladegroot
Apr. 20th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
I love nonsense, probably 'cos I'm full of it. Nonsense, that is.
kwerg
Apr. 18th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
by the way, Happy Birthday!!!!!
angeladegroot
Apr. 20th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's official - I am now fabulous.
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