Cold Are The Crabs

Cold are the crabs that crawl on yonder hills,
Colder the cucumbers that grow beneath,
And colder still the brazen chops that wreathe
The tedious gloom of philosophic pills!
For when the tardy film of nectar fills
The simple bowls of demons and of men,
There lurks the feeble mouse, the homely hen,
And there the porcupine with all her quills.
Yet much remains - to weave a solemn strain
That lingering sadly - slowly dies away,
Daily departing with departing day
A pea-green gamut on a distant plain
When wily walrusses in congresses meet -
Such such is life -

by Edward Lear

Comments (9)

I like the words used. hope to read more of your works
Such a brilliant write by Edward Lear👍👍👍
Complex language and use of images yet stunning run
Such is life! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
His avocations is not so vain as philosophic moralizing and this is the poetic, the philosophic, the contemplative side of this poem like to quote asPoetry, like cucumbers, is an acquired taste, someone has said.....very philosophic indeed........thanks for sharing
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