Friday, June 2, 2017

Swashbuckling

I don't know why we take our worst moods so much more seriously than our best.
~Tim Kreider


I read a poem that wowed me this week, but a) I don't have permission to share it, and b) it was quite dark. Darker than I'm feeling. To read it (which I do recommend), go here.

Instead, I'm sharing Ogden Nash.

No Doctors Today, Thank You
by Ogden Nash

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 appetitite 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 antitoccasins.
Kind people, don't think me purse-proud, don't set me down as vainglorious,
I'm just a little euphorious.

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It's June! (This made me laugh, especially when she describes what happened...)



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Buffy Silverman has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Buffy!

16 comments:

Mitchell Linda said...

Bwa ha ha ha ha ha! I love that video clip! You are wonderful for sharing that with us. Today, I choose Ogden Nash. I have many dark moments of worry for our nations and our world. However, I must face children today. Ogden Nash is what puts me in the mood for that. Have a great week!

Mary Lee said...

Well, that's what it looks like to make lemonade! What a great laugh from Ogden to Joan. (I skipped the dark one. Don't need any more of that right now.)

Kay said...

What a fun poem! I could use some of that euphoria these days.

Buffy Silverman said...

Ogden Nash is so much fun--from vainglorious to euphorious! Thanks for sharing this one and making me smile.

jama said...

Hadn't seen that Nash poem before. Sure needed some levity today -- and the video was funny too.

I did read the first poem and thought of Manchester. Chilling.

Jane @ Raincity Librarian said...

I think a lot of use could use some of that brightness and levity in our lives right now. What on Earth is even happening these days?!?

Brenda Harsham said...

That video was hilarious after the song was over. I love the Ogden Nash, too. I feel euphorious after that.

As for the dark poem, that is ominous and dark. Because he's right, isn't he? There must be watchers who know. At least some of the time.

Carol Varsalona said...

Tabitha, I am glad that you chose Ogden Nash's poem to set up the hilarious video. I watched it twice just to see if I could tell when the cue card and its holder fell. I want to have some euphorian days and so I shall wait eagerly for our granddaughter to be born to find the joy.

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

I think I have a swash or two that need buckling thanks to laughing so hard at that video. ;)

Diane Mayr said...

Yes, I have plenty of swashes in need of buckling, too. The Szymborska poem was brutal in both its subject matter and in the way the poet slowed time.


Alice Nine said...

Tabitha, I grinned at Ogden Nash... and laughed at the backstory of the video... and then I read Szymborska -- and was struck by the incomprehensible randomness of terrorism.

Linda B said...

I don't know how I missed your post on Friday, but here I am checking on you, and loving that you welcomed June, too! Thanks for the Ogden Nash, so witty. I love that he makes us smile always: "would anyone like me to buckle any swashes?" Thank you!

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

That WAS a dark one...unsettling and real. Glad you provided Ogden Nash for some levity after that!

michelle kogan said...

Great take on June Is Busting Out All Over, I needed a good laugh, and got it. Wonderful waiting with Ogden Nash Tabatha, his poemst seem to slip right out effortlessly, thanks for all!

April Halprin Wayland said...

Oh, my, Tabatha ~ what a refreshing post--thank you thank you thank you!
I was named after Nash's poem, "Always Marry an April Girl," so I have a particular soft spot in my heart for him. And he never fails me.

And that gaffe and explanation--wonderful.

Thank you for making my day!

Laura Shovan said...

His cleverness and wordplay are as spinny as a merry-go-round -- fun and dizzying.