Terse verse

Terse verse
(Canscene) –From my boyhood and youth: four pieces of doggerel which recently have come to mind unbidden

Al Capone, Al Capone
To whom the law is fol-de-rol
Isn’t it time you changed your name
From Al Capone to Al Cohol?

Boy, pliers.
Electric wires.
Blue flashes,
Boy ashes

A fly and a flea in a flue
Were imprisoned, so what did they do?
Said the fly “let us flee,”
Said the flea “let us fly”
And they flew through a flaw in the flue.

Can you think of any
Reason why Jack Benny
Should play Charley’s Aunt?
I can’t.

The first three are from boys’ papers, the fourth from legendary and witty British film critic Caroline Lejeune who’d frequently comment on movies she didn’t like with a bit of verse.

One Response to “Terse verse”

  1. Bill Says:

    I know how those bits of rhyme can stick. Here’s one that has never left me…

    Last night I saw upon the stair
    A little man who wasn’t there
    He wasn’t there again today
    Oh, how I wish he’d go away