Noses Revisited


I have rowses and rowses of noses and noses
And why they all growses I really can’t guess.
No lilies or roses, just cold-catching noses,
And when they all blowses, it’s really a mess.

They runs and they glowses, these sneezity noses,
They drips and they flowses, they blooms and they dies.
But you can’t bring no noses to fine flower showses
And really expect them to give you a prize.

But each mornin’ I goeses to water with hoses
These rowses of noses that I cannot sell,
These red sniffly noses that cause all my woeses,
Why even the crowses complain that they smell.

Why noses, not roses? Well, nobody knowses.
Why do you supposes they growses this thick?
But since there’s no roses come gather some noses —
I guarantee each one’s a good nose to pick.

–Shel Silverstein (1932-1999)

If you have a child and you’ve not purchased any of Shel Silverstein’s illustrated tomes, I hope your chili always burns, and that it always be cold. [Image found here.]

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6 Responses to “Noses Revisited”

  1. wheels Says:

    Given her companions, I’d say it’s pretty likely that she isn’t Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout.

    I recently worked out chords for his The Mermaid so I could play it on my uke.

  2. Bunk Strutts Says:

    wheels– Gimme a link and I’ll post it. In 1980 I’d worked out most of Semper Fidelis on harmonica, until my dad kicked me out into the real world. Project has been on hold ever since.

  3. wheels Says:

    Sure – I’ve been planning on posting more to my YouTube account, anyway. Haven’t done much with it in a year or more. I’m pretty sure I’ve got more videos that were posted in order to enter contests than anything else.

  4. Tony Says:

    Try singing that fast after a dozen beers

  5. Bunk Strutts Says:

    wheels– Got a link to the vids?

    Tony– My singing always sounds better after a few beers… to me at least.

  6. wheels Says:

    Yeah, my channel is here. I’m working on putting up another song or two in the next week or so, but my birthday and other activities are likely to intrude.

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