By Edward Lear

The Little Fish Swam

For the second annual Blogger’s silly week.

I
Calico Pie,
The little Birds fly
Down to the calico tree,
Their wings were blue,
And they sang ‘Tilly-loo!’
Till away they flew,–
And they never came back to me!
They never came back!
They never came back!
They never came back to me!

II

Calico Jam,
The little Fish swam,
Over the syllabub sea,
He took off his hat,
To the Sole and the Sprat,
And the Willeby-Wat,–
But he never came back to me!
He never came back!
He never came back!
He never came back to me

III

Calico Ban,
The little Mice ran,
To be ready in time for tea,
Flippity flup,
They drank it all up,
And danced in the cup,–
But they never came back to me!
They never came back!
They never came back!
They never came back to me!

IV

Calico Drum,
The Grasshoppers come,
The Butterfly, Beetle, and Bee,
Over the ground,
Around and around,
With a hop and a bound,–
But they never came back to me!
They never came back!
They never came back!
They never came back to me!

The Little Bird Flew

8 Comments CherryPie on Jul 27th 2010

8 Responses to “Calico Pie”

  1. Nothing like a helping of Edward Lear from time to time!

    • CherryPie says:

      This is one of my faves because it was in a book I had when I was a youngster. It was a small book and the other verse in there was The Owl & the Pussy Cat.

  2. Ruth says:

    I love nonsense poems and Edward Lear does some of the best :-D

  3. Ginnie says:

    Oh, what fun. It reminds me of e.e. cummings! Delightful.

  4. Kerstin says:

    Nice poem and a very decent photo!!

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