Topsy-Turvy World Poem by William Brighty Rands

Topsy-Turvy World

Rating: 3.2

IF the butterfly courted the bee,
And the owl the porcupine;
If churches were built in the sea,
And three times one was nine;
If the pony rode his master,
If the buttercups ate the cows,
If the cats had the dire disaster
To be worried, sir, by the mouse;
If mamma, sir, sold the baby
To a gypsy for half a crown;
If a gentleman, sir, was a lady,—
The world would be Upside-down!
If any or all of these wonders
Should ever come about,
I should not consider them blunders,
For I should be Inside-out!


Ba-ba, black wool,
Have you any sheep?
Yes, sir, a packfull,
Creep, mouse, creep!
Four-and-twenty little maids
Hanging out the pie,
Out jump’d the honey-pot,
Guy Fawkes, Guy!
Cross latch, cross latch,
Sit and spin the fire;
When the pie was open’d,
The bird was on the brier!

Kim Barney 30 August 2015

Ah, Mister Rands! I wonder how much he had to drink just before he wrote this! Silly but quite fun, nevertheless.

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Bharati Nayak 30 August 2015

Sometimes mind wonder with 'ifs'- - How the world it would be! On leisurely moments we are happy about imagining pleasurable absurd thoughts, questioning and answering.Funny and beautiful write.

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choir 16 September 2020

my school use this in my class but i want it in misic

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Reuben Okorie 22 July 2020

My childhood poem; my delight, it makes me light-headed when emotionally loaded.

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simi Ramachandran 13 June 2020

kindly add the summary of the poem.thamks

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Ramesh T A 30 August 2015

Topsy turvy world is nicely composed to make all laugh and the ending stanza is humorous rhyming song!

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Rajnish Manga 30 August 2015

This Topsy-Turvy World gave so many smiles in the first part of the poem and peels of laughter in the second part. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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