The Conversation of the Purple-spotted Cow and the Ten-o-pus

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub

Nonsense resurfaced in the 19th Century in the works of Lewis Carroll (Rev Charles Dodgson) and Edward Lear, both of whom were writing for children. Carroll wrote his Alice books for Alice Liddell while Lear composed his verse – and illustrated it – to entertain the children of Edward Stanley, 13th Earl of Derby.

And that’s it. Have at it poets; let’s write nonsense!

To you I am appealing,
said the purple-spotted cow
You must get off the ceiling
Please get down right now.

But the ten-o-pus just chuckled
Popped his eyeballs out and in.
He said, your face is growing puckled
cow, your spots are in a spin.

Well you are swip and sliring,
an linner is at eight.
We are having tater curlings
and green cheese stuffed with cake.

Oh cow, you should come up here.
The ceiling weather’s fine;
it is always filled with clear.
Hold your spots, jump; later we will dine.

So the purple-spotted cow did leap
into the ten-o-pus’s toes,
and round and round they danced a dreap.
Best buddies now, so the story goes.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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3 Responses to The Conversation of the Purple-spotted Cow and the Ten-o-pus

  1. trentpmcd says:

    Great bit of silliness.


  2. Tony Maude says:

    Great fun and wonderfully surreal!

    Liked by 1 person

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