You and Me and P.B. Shelley

January 20, 2006 at 2:13 pm 3 comments

Ogden Nash

Listen (to Nash read)

What is life? Life is stepping down a step or sitting in a chair.
And it isn’t there.
Life is not having been told that the man has just waxed the floor.
Life is pulling doors marked PUSH and pushing doors marked PULL and not
noticing notices which say PLEASE USE OTHER DOOR.
It is when you diagnose a sore throat as an unprepared geography lesson
and send your child weeping to school only to be returned an hour
later covered with spots that are indubitable genuine.
Life is a concert with a trombone soloist filling in for Yehudi Menuhin.
But, were it not for frustration and humiliation
I suppose the human race would get ideas above its station.
Somebody once described Shelley as a beautiful and ineffective angel
beating his luminous wings against the void in vain.
Which is certainly describing with might and main.
But probably means that we are all brothers under our pelts.
And that Shelley went around pulling doors marked PUSH and pushing doors
marked PULL just like everybody else.



Entry filed under: Black Mamba, English, Ogden Nash.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jennifer McCartney  |  March 26, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    This is the best poem in the entire world!! I love it so much that I actually printed out a copy and hung it up in my room!!

  • 2. tanya b.  |  December 14, 2007 at 4:28 am

    This really is a wonderful poem, I was reading it on last year’s mcas and I after I completed the mcas, I realized how much I appreciated the poem! I even went to the extent of printing the poem out, laminating it, and hanging it in my room! I love this poem. It has a humorous side to it! Cheers to everybody!

  • 3. Becca h.  |  February 26, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Thats a great poem! I was studying for my 8th grade MCAS this year and they gave us this poem. I loved it so much I needed to find it again.


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