And of course, I couldn't help thinking of the Edward Lear poem:
The Owl and the Pussycat
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are!"
Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
Not surprisingly, we have this much-loved classic poem in many forms at the library. Two illustrated versions, one of them by James Marshall in his easily recognizable style [JP LEA]. An audio version found on Vintage Children's Favourites [CD CHILDREN VIN], which has been "transcribed from original 78s." And in numerous poetry collections including The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis [808.81 BES].
Have a great weekend, but not before stopping by My Juicy Little Universe for the Poetry Friday Round-Up.