Sunday, August 19, 2007

great two-liners

Today is Ogden Nash's birthday. I had thought he wrote "Men seldom make passes/at girls who wear glasses." That was actually Dorothy Parker. But he did write such little classics as "Celery, raw develops the jaw/but celery, stewed, is more quietly chewed" and " Parsley is gharsley." And, of course, "Candy is dandy/but liquor is quicker."

This is a four-liner, but perfect:

The Perfect Husband

He tells you when you've got on
too much lipstick
And helps you with your girdle
when your hips stick.

I first read Nash poems in The New Yorker some time in the last century. Instant fanhood.


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