Ernestine Northover

(25th March 1943)

***The Proposal

Who will marry me, said the flea,
Why ever should I, said the fly,
I would willingly give you a hug, said the bug,
That would be nice, said the wood lice,
I could sit down beside her, said the spider,
Well I certainly can't, said the ant,
Well of course you can't, that's absurd, said the ladybird,
Whoever does will come a cropper, said the grasshopper,
I think one should take heed, said the centipede,
I wouldn't for a thousand quid, said the aphid,
She's got a tongue like a rasp, said the wasp,
Oh, I shall remain free, said the bee,
I think you're probably right, said the mite,
All I can say is, she's a killer, said the caterpillar,
She'll suck you dry!

Submitted: Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Edited: Sunday, July 08, 2012

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  • Duncan Wyllie (4/5/2006 2:53:00 PM)

    Wonderful we could take this even further but this seems to have captured it perfectly.
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  • Eve Clements (2/6/2006 1:06:00 PM)

    Thanks for your comments, Ernestine. And thank you for pointing me to The Proposal. I love it's rhythm. Hoping to read all of your poems when I get time. Eve x (Report) Reply

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