His poem is short and witty -Ogden Nash


Ogden Nash [1902-1971] an amazing humourist whose short pithy poems entered the realm as an American Literature treasure . With more than twenty 20 books to his credit he is a versatile writer for children of all ages.

Born, Frederick Ogden Nash on August 19, 1902 in Rye, New York, he was an ancestor if General Francis Nash. He was raised in Rye, New York and Savannah, Georgia, educated at St. George’s School in Rhode Island and, briefly, Harvard University.
He started work, writing advertising copy for Doubleday, Page Publishing, New York, in 1925.  His first published book for children was, The Cricket of Caradon came in 1925.

A few interesting facts: Joins staff at New Yorker in 1932.
Married Frances Rider Leonard on June 6, 1933.
Published 19 books of poetry.
Elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1950.
Lived in New York but his principal home was in Baltimore, Maryland, where he died on May 19, 1971. He was buried in North Hampton, New Hampshire.

The Middle

When I remember bygone days
I think how evening follows morn;
So many I loved were not yet dead,
So many I love were not yet born.

I Didn’t Go To Church Today

I didn’t go to church today,
I trust the Lord to understand.
The surf was swirling blue and white,
The children swirling on the sand.
He knows, He knows how brief my stay,
How brief this spell of summer weather,
He knows when I am said and done
We’ll have plenty of time together.


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