Oliver Herford

(1863-1935)

Oliver Herford Poems

1. Anticipation 9/16/2010
2. Child's Natural History 9/16/2010
3. Education 9/16/2010
4. Facilis Ascensus 9/16/2010
5. Foreign Kittens 9/16/2010
6. Good And Bad Kittens 9/16/2010
7. Happy Thought 9/16/2010
8. In Darkest Africa 9/16/2010
9. Japanesque 9/16/2010
10. Metaphysics 9/16/2010
11. A Song Of A Heart 9/16/2010
12. A Thought 9/16/2010
13. Some Geese 9/16/2010
14. Song 9/16/2010
15. The Hippopotamus 9/16/2010
16. The Joy Ride 9/16/2010
17. The Puncture 9/16/2010
18. Why Ye Blossome Cometh Before Ye Leafe 9/16/2010
19. Winter And Summer 9/16/2010
20. A Thanksgiving Fable 8/26/2015
21. I Heard A Bird Sing 11/6/2015
22. The Lion 9/16/2010
23. Alphabet Of Celebrities 9/16/2010
24. The Game 9/16/2010
25. The Mon-Goos 9/16/2010
26. The Outing 9/16/2010
27. The Cow 3/20/2015
28. The Shadow Kitten 9/16/2010
29. The Whole Duty Of Kittens 9/16/2010
30. The Dog 9/16/2010
31. A Penguin 9/16/2010
32. The Moon 9/16/2010
33. The Puppy 9/16/2010
34. Proem 9/16/2010
35. The Chimpanzee 9/16/2010
36. The Hen 9/16/2010
37. The Elf And The Dormouse 9/16/2010
38. The Milk Jug 9/16/2010
39. The Platypus 9/16/2010
Best Poem of Oliver Herford

The Platypus

MY child, the Duck-billed Platypus
A sad example sets for us:
From him we learn how Indecision
Of character provokes Derision.
This vacillating Thing, you see,
Could not decide which he would be,
Fish, Flesh, or Fowl, and chose all three.
The scientists were sorely vexed
To classify him; so perplexed
Their brains, that they, with Rage at bay,
Called him a horrid name one day,--
A name that baffles, frights and shocks us,
Ornithorhynchus Paradoxus.

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Anticipation

When I grow up I mean to be
A Lion large and fierce to see.
I’ll mew so loud that Cook in fright
Will give me all the cream in sight.
And anyone who dares to say
“Poor Puss” to me will rue the day.
Then having swallowed him I’ll creep
Into the Guest Room Bed to sleep.

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