Friday, April 18, 2008

The Sniffle

In spite of her sniffle,
Isabel's chiffle.
Some girls with a sniffle
Would be weepy and tiffle;
They would look awful,
Like a rained-on waffle,
But Isabel's chiffle
In spite of her sniffle.
Her nose is more red
With a cold in her head,
But then, to be sure,
Her eyes are bluer.
Some girls with a snuffle,
Their tempers are uffle,
But when Isabel's snivelly
She's snivelly civilly,
And when she is snuffly
She's perfectly luffly.

I just love Ogden Nash!!

This poem is a perfect one to add to the collection I'm preparing for DH. In the not to distant future, I hope to create a booklet of poems about doctors and illness - pleasant, it can be on a table in the waiting room.

Already on the list is Shel Silverstein's *Sick*; A A Milne's *Sneezles*; Will Carleton's *The Doctor's Story*; and a couple of ones written by his own patients.

Let me know if you have a favorite.


  1. I love Ogden Nash, too! He wrote a poem about women and knitting that is very funny.

  2. What about a memorable poem about doctors or doctoring??

  3. That's such a cute poem. And I've flipped through a couple of my books but I can't find anything like what you're looking for. I thought I would look up some of Hillaire Belloc's cautionary tales online.

    I'll keep my eye open for anything suitable -- I really like your idea!

  4. What a wonderful idea, Dana.

    I have one in mind, I just have to make sure I've got it right.

    I love the O.N. poem. Never heard it before be think it is delightful!

  5. I found two for you yesterday, both from Louis Untermeyer's Family Treasury of Poems (or soemthing like that -- I have to check the exact title later).

    This first is by Edward Anthony:

    Advice to Small Children

    Eat no green apples or you'll droop,
    Be careful not to get the croup,
    Avoid the chicken pox and such,
    And don't fall out of windows much.

    (Not great, but you might want some filler.)

    The next was anonymous:

    A doctor fell in a deep well
    And broke his collarbone:
    Moral: Doctor, mind the sick
    And leave the well alone.

    (The second and fourth verses should be indented.)

  6. Thanks, Kelly!

    I'll save those along with one I found by Will Carleton....almost posted it yesterday, but the doctor dies; so, I may wait :)