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

  • ? ? ? ? ? ? Who am I (5/4/2020 11:10:00 AM)

    A lot of people like TV,
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    But I like it UwU(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (4/13/2020 10:12:00 AM)

    He simply couldn't puzzle out
    What LIFE was really all about..........touching expression with outstanding conceptualization. It is really a marvelous poem created by Roald Dahl.(Report)Reply

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  • Ethan (2/3/2020 11:42:00 AM)

    I thought pig was about to be eaten by the farmer🤔(Report)Reply

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  • Gayatri PhukanGayatri Phukan (12/20/2019 8:23:00 AM)

    বহুত সুন্দৰ কবিতা ৷শুভকামনা জনালোAlready ReportedReply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (12/19/2019 12:47:00 PM)

    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.' very fine poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Konab GhummanKonab Ghumman (11/25/2019 9:07:00 AM)

    outstanding story of the poem(Report)Reply

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  • Rebecca Grant (11/24/2019 1:58:00 PM)

    My year is doing this poem for assembly.😂Already ReportedReply

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  • Grace (11/20/2019 6:10:00 PM)

    I love this poem, I am doing this for my school project(Report)Reply

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    George Orwell in verse.(Report)Reply

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  • Stem boy (8/25/2019 6:43:00 PM)

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha😂😂😂(Report)Reply

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  • Stem boy (8/25/2019 6:42:00 PM)

    Ha ha ha ha ha😂😂😂(Report)Reply

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  • Malabika Ray ChoudhuryMalabika Ray Choudhury (7/6/2019 5:11:00 PM)

    A brilliant Poem by Ronald Dahl! So much meaning in each and every word, and every line, in which apparently just a humorous poem! The best lines to me -
    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?

    and also the superb ending:
    'And so, because I feared the worst,
    'I thought I'd better eat him first.'(Report)Reply

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  • william (7/6/2019 12:16:00 PM)

    Yes true. and the polls have the country in favour of Remain & have done for months.
    Why is the government not talking about this?
    Fear of Farage & their party losing power.
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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (7/6/2019 9:58:00 AM)

    A nice poem indeed. Enjoyed the story.(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (7/6/2019 9:15:00 AM)

    A pig on course giving food for thought?(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (7/6/2019 9:13:00 AM)

    An outstanding story poem with equally outstanding style of narration. The story of the pig and his hunch of being used as lunch by the farmer and his reciprocal action are simply superb and worthy of modern poem of the Day.(Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (7/6/2019 8:49:00 AM)

    This is an excellent example of humorous verse. It’s consistent rhyme and regular meter make this tale move along and would make it easy to memorize if one were so inclined. -GK(Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) (7/6/2019 8:02:00 AM)

    .......They want my bacon slice by slice 'To sell at a tremendous price! . The very purpose of a pig's life(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 25, 2017


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