Ogden Nash

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

Tin Wedding Whistle - Poem by Ogden Nash

Though you know it anyhow
Listen to me, darling, now,
Proving what I need not prove
How I know I love you, love.
Near and far, near and far,
I am happy where you are;
Likewise I have never larnt
How to be it where you aren't.
Far and wide, far and wide,
I can walk with you beside;
Furthermore, I tell you what,
I sit and sulk where you are not.
Visitors remark my frown
Where you're upstairs and I am down,
Yes, and I'm afraid I pout
When I'm indoors and you are out;
But how contentedly I view
Any room containing you.
In fact I care not where you be,
Just as long as it's with me.
In all your absences I glimpse
Fire and flood and trolls and imps.
Is your train a minute slothful?
I goad the stationmaster wrothful.
When with friends to bridge you drive
I never know if you're alive,
And when you linger late in shops
I long to telephone the cops.
Yet how worth the waiting for,
To see you coming through the door.
Somehow, I can be complacent
Never but with you adjacent.
Near and far, near and far,
I am happy where you are;
Likewise I have never larnt
How to be it where you aren't.
Then grudge me not my fond endeavor,
To hold you in my sight forever;
Let none, not even you, disparage
Such a valid reason for a marriage.


Comments about Tin Wedding Whistle by Ogden Nash

  • Victor Okechukwu (12/21/2016 7:31:00 AM)


    Terrific. I only have problem with the line I long to telephone the cops; long in particular. It makes it look like it's what you desire or even crave to do, which I don't think is the sense you want to communicate. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 27, 2004


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