Tuesday Poem-The Duck and the Kangaroo-a nonsense drollery by Edward Lear

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo

“Good gracious! How you hop

Over the fields and water too

As if you would never stop!


My life is a bore in this nasty pond,

And I long to go out in the world beyond!

I wish I could hop like you!”

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.


“Please give me a ride on your back!”

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.

“I would sit quite still and say nothing but ‘Quack’

The whole of the long day through!


And we’d go to the Dee, and the Jelly Bo Lee,

Over the land, and over the sea;

Please take me a ride! O do.”

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.


Said the Kangaroo to the Duck,

“This requires some little reflection;

Perhaps on the whole it might bring me luck,

And there seems but one objection,


Which is, if you’ll let me speak so bold

Your feet are unpleasantly wet and cold,

And would probably give me the room-

Matiz.” Said the Kangaroo.


Said the Duck, “As I sate on the rocks,

I have thought over that completely,

And I bought a few pairs of worsted socks

Which fit my web-feet neatly.


And to keep out the cold I’ve bought a cloak

And everyday a cigar I’ll smoke,

All to follow my own dear true

Love of a Kangaroo!”


Said the Kangaroo, “I’m ready!

All in the moonlight pale:

But to balance me well, dear Duck, sit steady!

And quite at the end of my tail!”


So away they went with a hop and a bound,

And they hopped the whole world three times round;

And who so happy,-O who,

As the Duck and the Kangaroo?

This whimsical poem from Edward Lear comes from The Project Gutenberg E-Book of Nonsense Drolleries. The other poem in this book, which can be downloaded free, together with the wonderful illustrations by William Foster,  is The Owl and the Pussycat.  Don’t you just love the word drolleries? The singular of this by the way is drollery.