Children's Party Poem by Ogden Nash

Children's Party

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May I join you in the doghouse, Rover?
I wish to retire till the party's over.
Since three o'clock I've done my best
To entertain each tiny guest. My conscience now I've left behind me,
And if they want me, let them find me.
I blew their bubbles, I sailed their boats,
I kept them from each other's throats. I told them tales of magic lands,
I took them out to wash their hands.
I sorted their rubbers and tied their laces,
I wiped their noses and dried their faces. Of similarities there's lots
Twixt tiny tots and Hottentots.
I've earned repose to heal the ravages
Of these angelic-looking savages. Oh, progeny playing by itself
Is a lonely little elf,
But progeny in roistering batches
Would drive St. francis from here to Natchez. Shunned are the games a parent proposes,
They prefer to squirt each other with hoses,
Their playmates are their natural foemen
And they like to poke each other's abdomen. Their joy needs another woe's to cushion it,
Say a puddle, and someone littler to push in it.
They observe with glee the ballistic results
Of ice cream with spoons for catapults, And inform the assembly with tears and glares
That everyone's presents are better than theirs.
Oh, little women and little men,
Someday I hope to love you again, But not till after the party's over,
So give me the key to the doghouse, Rover

Riya 07 June 2021

Why children were having a party?

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Jiya jha 06 December 2017

Omg I have this same poem in my English book. yup

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Tom Allport 28 December 2016

a lovely poem of togetherness and of a happy occasion for some?

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Laurie Van Der Hart 14 August 2016

Angelic-looking savages - that sums it up so well! So funny. Reminds me why I always shied away from organising kids' parties. I'll keep in mind the doghouse next time I need to escape...

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Brian Jani 09 May 2014

Wow I enjoyed your poem

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