Lewis Carroll

(27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898 / Cheshire)

Little Birds - Poem by Lewis Carroll

Little Birds are dining
Warily and well,
Hid in mossy cell:
Hid, I say, by waiters
Gorgeous in their gaiters -
I've a Tale to tell.

Little Birds are feeding
Justices with jam,
Rich in frizzled ham:
Rich, I say, in oysters
Haunting shady cloisters -
That is what I am.

Little Birds are teaching
Tigresses to smile,
Innocent of guile:
Smile, I say, not smirkle -
Mouth a semicircle,
That's the proper style!

Little Birds are sleeping
All among the pins,
Where the loser wins:
Where, I say, he sneezes
When and how he pleases -
So the Tale begins.

Little Birds are writing
Interesting books,
To be read by cooks:
Read, I say, not roasted -
Letterpress, when toasted,
Loses its good looks.

Little Birds are playing
Bagpipes on the shore,
Where the tourists snore:
"Thanks!" they cry. "'Tis thrilling!
Take, oh take this shilling!
Let us have no more!"

Little Birds are bathing
Crocodiles in cream,
Like a happy dream:
Like, but not so lasting -
Crocodiles, when fasting,
Are not all they seem!

Little Birds are choking
Baronets with bun,
Taught to fire a gun:
Taught, I say, to splinter
Salmon in the winter -
Merely for the fun.

Little Birds are hiding
Crimes in carpet-bags,
Blessed by happy stags:
Blessed, I say, though beaten -
Since our friends are eaten
When the memory flags.

Little Birds are tasting
Gratitude and gold,
Pale with sudden cold:
Pale, I say, and wrinkled -
When the bells have tinkled,
And the Tale is told.

Comments about Little Birds by Lewis Carroll

  • Uzefa Rashida M.a (2/13/2016 4:34:00 AM)

    the rhyme and rhythm of the poem is so very nice. I feel that the little birds symbolize the poets as the poets are the most wise and knowledgeable among mankind for they observe the minutest details of the world around them and can teach anything with their experience and vision. (Report) Reply

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  • Xelam Kan™ (3/31/2014 11:24:00 PM)

    i wish to see the little bird flying not that much chatting (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Claus (3/31/2014 2:28:00 PM)

    Snarky. Carroll cloaked his ideas in riddle, and I admit defeat here. I could use a scholar's help to decipher the subtext. The form of the poem itself - I like each stanza's musical quality and parsimony. (Report) Reply

  • (3/31/2014 1:07:00 PM)

    So very sad. The population used for the betterment of the nation are left to nothingness in a short while. Little birds. Us are taken I adore Lewis Carroll (Report) Reply

  • Richard Blay (3/31/2014 12:11:00 PM)

    very nice, Lewis.good poem (Report) Reply

  • Katie Valdovinos (3/31/2014 8:15:00 AM)

    Hey, is their any more Lewis Carroll poems? Because I want to read the poems he has done! (Report) Reply

  • Katie Valdovinos (3/31/2014 8:00:00 AM)

    I like this poem Lewis Carroll sure does know how to write a poem! (Report) Reply

  • Adeline Foster (3/31/2012 12:51:00 PM)

    Shall we giggle, laugh, and guffaw! Someone actually wants to tell Louie Carroll that his poetry is nonsense. Is this not merely a bedtime ditty in disguise? And who could teach Louie Carroll to write it better?
    Adeline Foster
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  • (3/31/2010 3:16:00 PM)

    Love you Lewis....I love Alice and I love wonderland.....: D
    I can't forget the lovely time I spent reading your book when I was a child......those happy, wonderful moments......wonderland....love that crazy world like hell
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  • Kevin Straw (3/31/2010 5:37:00 AM)

    Are there really only 365 poems in the English language? I commented on this poem just a year ago. There are tens of thousands of poems which could be poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (3/31/2010 2:30:00 AM)

    The meaningful joking poetry of the poet is a fun to read! (Report) Reply

  • (12/15/2009 7:15:00 PM)

    i like every fourth line of the stanzas...pretty well made....

    but i think it's not just about a little bird..or himself.......

    i think it has something to do with political and social things....
    is Caroll a social poet? ? ? ..
    hmmmmnn, if he is, it's not written in his biography....
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  • (3/31/2009 9:26:00 PM)

    The poem described the little birds as enormous, significant, vital and a treasure not a trash.Therefore be proud of who you are. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (3/31/2009 6:59:00 AM)

    The fact is, I like eating meat, but I don't like killing it. I pay slaughtermen (whether noble or plebian) to do that for me. Carroll cleverly makes me feel remorse without hating him for it. But I doubt if I shall change. (Report) Reply

  • (3/31/2009 6:23:00 AM)

    Nailed them real good. Them little birds getting fatter and fatter, eating bugs and seeds. Then flying away to another feast. (Report) Reply

  • Marilyn Lott (3/31/2008 6:26:00 AM)

    It's a clever little poem and quite intertaining I thought.
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  • (4/3/2005 8:30:00 AM)

    I love the interlocking of the third and fourth lines by the first word. I also like the combination of morality and whimsy. (Report) Reply

  • (3/31/2005 11:09:00 AM)

    I like it alot good job (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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