Ogden Nash
New York / United States
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First Child ... Second Child

Rating: 3.3
FIRST

Be it a girl, or one of the boys,
It is scarlet all over its avoirdupois,
It is red, it is boiled; could the obstetrician
Have possibly been a lobstertrician?
His degrees and credentials were hunky-dory,
But how's for an infantile inventory?
Here's the prodigy, here's the miracle!
Whether its head is oval or spherical,
You rejoice to find it has only one,
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COMMENTS
Gabrielle Wilhelm 11 March 2015
i like it a lot i think he is a really good poet
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Michelle Claus 23 January 2015
Funny. Grain of truth.
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Minna Holloway 20 November 2009
What Mr. Nash was unable to consider when writing this poem is the utter horror the medical profession strikes into women having a second (or first, or any) child after the age of 35. That's the magic number at which everything that worked quite well before supposedly mutates into genetic disorders waiting to occur. I have more worry about my second child coming out OK because I'm 36 now and will be 37 when I give birth to him/her, whereas I had my first at age 33. But it's still a funny poem, and I hope I'm somewhere near as laid-back as the family in this poem was when they welcomed their second.
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Sara Neame 20 April 2009
A little harsh on the Second, but probably basically true! !
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