V-Day


Currently Humming: The Look by Roxette.

Tried to write a post for V-Day, but the idea fell flat on its face. So here's some blatant plagiarism. No, uh, well, ok, I'll acknowledge the source… This is by Ogden Nash, who's style of writing and talent of altering words for putting things into rhyme I sincerely admire. This one's called 'To My Valentine' and am amazed it doesn't score over Pablo Neruda's poems as far as dedications and serenades are concerned [Uh, ok, that's an exaggeration]. Loved it the moment I read it, maybe 'coz it sounds so different from all the usual serenading lyrics.

To My Valentine:

More than a catbird hates a cat,
Or a criminal hates a clue,
Or the Axis hates the United States,
That’s how much I love you.

I love you more than a duck can swim,
And more than a grapefruit squirts,
I love you more than a gin rummy is a bore,
And more than a toothache hurts.

As a shipwrecked sailor hates the sea,
Or a juggler hates a shove,
As a hostess detests unexpected guests,
That’s how much you I love.

I love you more than a wasp can sting,
And more than the subway jerks,
I love you as much as a beggar needs a crutch,
And more than a hangnail irks.

I swear to you by the stars above,
And below, if such there be,
As the High Court loathes perjurious oathes,
That’s how you’re loved by me.

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14 Responses to V-Day

  1. its nice. but i’ll let you know there is a magic in sappy love poems too.

  2. aJ says:

    Ugh.. This is the second Ogden Nash poem I have read.
    The first one being about “A visit to the dentist” (Dunno the title) and hated that of all the poems we ever had.

    Not I find him even more idiotic!!

  3. Priya says:

    that’d be ‘This is gonna hurt just a little bit’. and yeah, it’d be awful if you had aruna ma’am explaining it to you in her usual way which kills the joy of whatever she’s explaining.
    i’d suggest you to try Ogden Nash’s collection called ‘Candy is Dandy’. If you’re into nonsense verse, that is.

  4. Certainly not a poem I’d like to receive!

  5. NOTY TONY says:

    well donno wat to say ogden nash is my kinda dude…or may b not…neways happy val day!!

  6. karthik says:

    wait. Firstly, WHAT THE HELL did the last comment by tony mean..? Secondly, ya, when you don’t feel like writing a post for v-day and can’t do it for some reason, jus do what i did..a one liner..
    😀

  7. karthik says:

    *change don’t to do..!

  8. the Monk says:

    yeah, pretty good stuff…funny…

  9. i quite liked the way he compares the depth of love with the extent of hate.
    the style of expression is unique.
    good choice da!
    and ‘the look’…well…. one word for it.mmmmmmmmmmmm…..

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  11. Anonymous says:

    please stop this pollution. you suck!

  12. Priya says:

    like you rock anyway.

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