Roald Dahl

(13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990 / Cardiff / Wales)

The Pig - Poem by Roald Dahl

In England once there lived a big
And wonderfully clever pig.
To everybody it was plain
That Piggy had a massive brain.
He worked out sums inside his head,
There was no book he hadn't read.
He knew what made an airplane fly,
He knew how engines worked and why.
He knew all this, but in the end
One question drove him round the bend:
He simply couldn't puzzle out
What LIFE was really all about.
What was the reason for his birth?
Why was he placed upon this earth?
His giant brain went round and round.
Alas, no answer could be found.
Till suddenly one wondrous night.
All in a flash he saw the light.
He jumped up like a ballet dancer
And yelled, 'By gum, I've got the answer! '
'They want my bacon slice by slice
'To sell at a tremendous price!
'They want my tender juicy chops
'To put in all the butcher's shops!
'They want my pork to make a roast
'And that's the part'll cost the most!
'They want my sausages in strings!
'They even want my chitterlings!
'The butcher's shop! The carving knife!
'That is the reason for my life! '
Such thoughts as these are not designed
To give a pig great peace of mind.
Next morning, in comes Farmer Bland,
A pail of pigswill in his hand,
And piggy with a mighty roar,
Bashes the farmer to the floor…
Now comes the rather grisly bit
So let's not make too much of it,
Except that you must understand
That Piggy did eat Farmer Bland,
He ate him up from head to toe,
Chewing the pieces nice and slow.
It took an hour to reach the feet,
Because there was so much to eat,
And when he finished, Pig, of course,
Felt absolutely no remorse.
Slowly he scratched his brainy head
And with a little smile he said,
'I had a fairly powerful hunch
'That he might have me for his lunch.
'And so, because I feared the worst,
'I thought I'd better eat him first.'

Comments about The Pig by Roald Dahl

  • (4/27/2017 9:48:00 AM)

    D G I have not read this befor but being vegan my sympathy is with the pig (Report) Reply

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  • C B (4/4/2017 9:13:00 AM)

    I love this poem! You'll laugh your head off knowing a pig eats a human! Roald Dahl is awesome. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/2/2017 9:46:00 AM)

    tom allport
    the moral of the story is eat them before they eat you, good advice? (Report) Reply

  • R Soos (11/20/2016 6:24:00 PM)

    Top 40 poems
    Been going through the top poems on site one by one, and am interested in the fact that three I read tonight are pictures of violent truth. A Mile to Remember by Bukowski, The Lesson by McGough, and now The Pig by Dahl. At least everything on this top 40 list isn't lovey dovey - LOL =: -) (Report) Reply

  • (10/11/2016 3:38:00 AM)

    The Pig by Roald Dahl
    Roald Dahl at his best! (Report) Reply

  • Wes Vogler (8/27/2016 9:23:00 PM)

    There goes that Bannerjee twit again. Everything has a deeper darker meaning. Mister Dahl would have laughed him out of the picture and then featured him in his next rollicking episode.
    (just an amateur take)
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    Tan Pratonix Tan Pratonix (11/17/2016 3:35:00 AM)

    I agree. There are too many of these twits on Poemhunter. I call them Ninjuns. Got a poem on them.

  • (7/20/2016 8:45:00 PM)

    Reverse psychologly. The pig eats the farmer instead! The pig had all the brains, and farmer had none! (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/18/2015 6:00:00 PM)

    Levity personified...Enjoyed this... (Report) Reply

  • (4/24/2015 4:03:00 PM)

    Lovely humorous poem! (Report) Reply

  • Francis Lynch (4/23/2015 3:00:00 PM)

    If you like this, read I Got You Babe. (Report) Reply

  • Francis Lynch (4/23/2015 2:57:00 PM)

    If you liked this, read Byron's Pig Roast. (Report) Reply

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/29/2015 12:33:00 PM)

    Loved this poem, laughed a lot
    Fell in love with Piggy fat
    Own him though is the last thought
    For he might have me for breakfast
    (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (2/7/2015 6:01:00 PM)

    I've always loved Dahl's writings, and this is no exception.
    What fun to read!
    (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (2/7/2015 2:58:00 AM)

    To everybody it was plain That Piggy had a massive brain. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Herbert Poetry (8/15/2014 12:09:00 PM)

    Very nice to read. Wonderful (Report) Reply

  • (6/18/2014 7:49:00 AM)

    Dahl was such a wonderfully talented writer. This poem is just simply brilliant! Enchanting and so much fun to read! Love this great piece! (Report) Reply

  • (6/17/2014 10:18:00 PM)

    ...........oh this is truly a masterpiece.....and animals are very smart....only last week I saw a pig escape from the back of a truck on the way to the slaughter house....I knew for sure he would die from the tremendous fall...but he didn't he bounced up off the pavement.... and seemed to be ok....wonder if they caught him....I hope not.... (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (4/28/2014 4:08:00 AM)

    You surely know how to wrote, I like each and every poem of yours (Report) Reply

  • Captain Herbert Poetry (4/26/2014 5:02:00 AM)

    a satirical poem in the symbol of a PIG.. This Roald Dahl is a genius poet. (Report) Reply

  • (4/10/2014 4:06:00 PM)

    What does it MEAN? Silly. It means: Eat or be eaten; but don't be a pig about it. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 25, 2017

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