Monday, March 12, 2012

Official Songs, Drinks, and Poems....and a Runcible Spoon!!!

Margaritaville has an official song. That's a no-brainer, right? Ditto with the official drink. But it might need an official poem, too.

How about this one?

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

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,
         You are,
         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,
             His nose,
             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,
             The moon,
             The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

    When my daughter C. got married back in October and asked me to speak at her wedding, I considered reciting this poem since both she and her husband are professional sailors. I, however, did not think I could pull off, "Oh what a beautiful pussy you are..." so I wrote something myself.

    But there you have it. The discarded wedding speech is now officially declared  Margaritaville's official poem.

   And I declare the kayak to be Margaritaville's official boat.

photo credit: (the owl and the pussycat)  (the kayaks in the moonlight)


Ms. Moon said...

One of my very favorite poems from childhood to this day.
I wish you'd read it at the wedding! It would have gotten a lot of giggles which is a fine way to start a marriage if you ask me. Although I am sure that what you wrote was wonderful.

Elizabeth said...

My shoulders are shaking with giggles.

Wrinkling Daily said...

I always find something here when I visit. I can count on your humor most times, but I also love your resolve, your wit. From what you have shared, your life seems like a more interesting, sophisticated, upscale version of mine. And now the poem. This was a poem my mom recited to me when I was a little girl and I had a book with this poem that I read to my own girls. I love the sound of it,and we too giggled at certain parts as they got a little older. The images you shared too are so nice, colorful. Great official poem...