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Category: Funny Whimsical Poems
       Classic humorous and funny poems using whimsy. Humourosly quaint and fanciful, especially in an amusing way.

  SALLY SIMPKIN'S LAMENT  

"Oh! what is that comes gliding in,
    And quite in middling haste?
It is the picture of my Jones,
    And painted to the waist.

"It is not painted to the life,
    For where's the trousers blue?
O Jones, my dear!--Oh, dear! my Jones,
    What is become of you?"

"O Sally, dear, it is too true,--
    The half that you remark
Is come to say my other half
    Is bit off by a shark!

"O Sally, sharks do things by halves,
    Yet most completely do!
A bite in one place seems enough,
    But I've been bit in two.

"You know I once was all your own,
    But now a shark must share!
But let that pass--for now to you
    I'm neither here nor there.

"Alas! death has a strange divorce
    Effected in the sea,
It has divided me from you,
    And even me from me!

"Don't fear my ghost will walk o' nights
    To haunt, as people say;
My ghost can't walk, for, oh! my legs
    Are many leagues away!

"Lord! think when I am swimming round,
    And looking where the boat is,
A shark just snaps away a half,
    Without 'a quarter's notice.'

"One half is here, the other half
    Is near Columbia placed;
O Sally, I have got the whole
    Atlantic for my waist.

"But now, adieu--a long adieu!
    I've solved death's awful riddle,
And would say more, but I am doomed
    To break off in the middle!"

                                         Thomas Hood.


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