Ogden Nash

(August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971 / New York / United States)

I'Ll Get One Tomorrow - Poem by Ogden Nash

Barber, barber, come and get me;
Hairy torrents irk and fret me.
Hair and hair again appears;
And climbs like ivy round my ears.
Hair across my collar gambols;
Down my neck it wayward ambles.
Ever down it trip it tickles;
Yes, where it trips it tickles.
Barber dear I wish I knew;
Why i do not visit you.
Why I grudge the minutes ten;
In your smiling den.
Why I choose to choke on hair;
Rather than to mount your chair.
Men no busier than I;
Weekly to your office hie.
Men no busier than myself;
Confront the armory on your shelf;
Men no wealthier than me;
Gladly meet your modest fee.
And for a fraction of a dollar;
Keep the jungle off their collar.
I alone am shy and flustered;
Solitary, cowardly custard.
Shaggy as a prize angore;
Overrun with the creeping flora.
Barber, barber, you’re in luck;
The bell has rung, the hour has struck.
Sloth strong, the hair is strong;
I cannot stand it any long.
Barber, barber here I come;
Shake up the odorous bay rum.
Bring on your shears your scythes, your snippers;
Bring on your crisp electric driers.
Employ a dozen extra sweepers;
Bring giant harvesters and reapers.
I warn you a bumper crop;
Waits to overwhelm your shop.
Braber, barber, be verbose;
Be anything but clip me close.
Leave me razored, leave me scissored
Leave me hairless, as a lizard;
Barber, barber, single and scald;
Barber can’t you make me bald?
I will be the happiest of men;
And never think of you again.

Comments about I'Ll Get One Tomorrow by Ogden Nash

  • Rookie Croco Dopolis (4/16/2012 10:39:00 PM)

    should be: Ever down it trips and trickles
    should be: Yes, and where it trips, it tickles
    should be: Shaggy as a prize Angora
    should be: Sloth is strong, but hair is stronger
    should be: I cannot stand it any longer
    should be: Bring on your crisp electric clippers
    should be: I warn you that a bumper crop
    should be: Barber, barber, be verbose;
    should be: Be anything, but clip it close
    should be: Barber, barber, singe and scald (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 28, 2011

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