Favourite Poems L

Yes, the fiftieth edition of Favourite Poems. You might wonder why a blog about nurses and nursing (and some other stuff, but mostly nursing) does poetry. The answer is simple: because nursing is far more than all the mundane tasks we need to do to care for our patients. Poetry by its nature forces you to think in a different way, better understand the human condition, ourselves and, yes, our patients. If I had my druthers, I would have a poem read before every shift — though my colleagues might object.

Anyway, a few short comical poems by Ogden Nash.


Further Reflections on Parsley

Is gharsley

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No Doctor’s Today, Thank You

They tell me that euphoria is the feeling of feeling wonderful,
well, today I feel euphorian,
Today I have the agility of a Greek god and the appetitite of a
Yes, today I may even go forth without my galoshes,
Today I am a swashbuckler, would anybody like me to buckle
any swashes?
This is my euphorian day,
I will ring welkins and before anybody answers I will run away.
I will tame me a caribou
And bedeck it with marabou.
I will pen me my memoirs.
Ah youth, youth! What euphorian days them was!
I wasn’t much of a hand for the boudoirs,
I was generally to be found where the food was.
Does anybody want any flotsam?
I’ve gotsam.
Does anybody want any jetsam?
I can getsam.
I can play chopsticks on the Wurlitzer,
I can speak Portuguese like a Berlitzer.
I can don or doff my shoes without tying or untying the laces because
I am wearing moccasins,
And I practically know the difference between serums and antitoccasins.
Kind people, don’t think me purse-proud, don’t set me down as
I’m just a little euphorious.

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The Lama

The one-l lama, He’s a priest.
The two-l llama, He’s a beast.
And I will bet
A silk pajama T
here isn’t any Three-l lllama.*

*The author’s attention has been called to a type of conflagration known as a three-alarmer. Pooh.

— Ogden Nash

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  1. #1 by evilscientist on Saturday 24 March 2012 - 1225

    In reality it is your blog and you can post whatever you like here. :)

  2. #2 by torontoemerg on Sunday 25 March 2012 - 1356

    This is true.

    But all of the best how-to-blog sites tell me I need to stick to the subject.

    To hell with it. I was never good at following instructions anyway.

  3. #3 by Andrew from LPN training on Tuesday 27 March 2012 - 1405

    Wow!. This is an interesting way of taking care of patients and a great motivator to them too. It may seem as something small to many but am sure it helps a great deal and it may make a patient recover sooner than expected.Keep up with the good work and encourage other nurses to come up with different ways of taking care of patients.

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