Ogden Nash

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

Adventures Of Isabel - Poem by Ogden Nash

Isabel met an enormous bear,
Isabel, Isabel, didn't care;
The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous,
The bear's big mouth was cruel and cavernous.
The bear said, Isabel, glad to meet you,
How do, Isabel, now I'll eat you!
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry.
Isabel didn't scream or scurry.
She washed her hands and she straightened her hair up,
Then Isabel quietly ate the bear up.
Once in a night as black as pitch
Isabel met a wicked old witch.
the witch's face was cross and wrinkled,
The witch's gums with teeth were sprinkled.
Ho, ho, Isabel! the old witch crowed,
I'll turn you into an ugly toad!
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry,
Isabel didn't scream or scurry,
She showed no rage and she showed no rancor,
But she turned the witch into milk and drank her.
Isabel met a hideous giant,
Isabel continued self reliant.
The giant was hairy, the giant was horrid,
He had one eye in the middle of his forhead.
Good morning, Isabel, the giant said,
I'll grind your bones to make my bread.
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry,
Isabel didn't scream or scurry.
She nibled the zwieback that she always fed off,
And when it was gone, she cut the giant's head off.
Isabel met a troublesome doctor,
He punched and he poked till he really shocked her.
The doctor's talk was of coughs and chills
And the doctor's satchel bulged with pills.
The doctor said unto Isabel,
Swallow this, it will make you well.
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry,
Isabel didn't scream or scurry.
She took those pills from the pill concocter,
And Isabel calmly cured the doctor.

Comments about Adventures Of Isabel by Ogden Nash

  • (12/11/2017 2:33:00 PM)

    this poem made me tired it was boring (Report) Reply

    6 person liked.
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  • Chinedu Dike (1/27/2017 7:53:00 PM)

    Lovely folktale nicely penned in good rhyme scheme. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/29/2016 12:46:00 PM)

    tom allport
    giant bear witch doctor, never stood a chance as bel is a true heroine. (Report) Reply

  • Nigel Norton (12/1/2015 7:57:00 AM)

    Great poem and something to look up to for a new comer like myself....really liked it (Report) Reply

  • (8/20/2014 9:43:00 PM)

    .........Isabel definitely had courage....nice poem... (Report) Reply

  • (2/24/2012 3:11:00 PM)

    Natalie Merchant did great job with this one. (Report) Reply

  • (5/29/2009 1:37:00 AM)

    It's a great poem, I learnt it in school in New Zealand many, many years ago.
    BUT there is a spelling error in the poem as given here.
    It's 'nibbled', not 'nibled'.

    As this is an educational site, maybe you could correct it?
    (Report) Reply

  • (10/6/2005 12:40:00 PM)

    a great poem and a great chance to make voices up (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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