Saturday, July 16, 2005

First Child ... Second Child


Be it a girl, or one of the boys,
It is scarlet all over its avoirdupois,
It is red, it is boiled; could the obstetrician
Have possibly been a lobstertrician?
His degrees and credentials were hunky-dory,
But how's for an infantile inventory?
Here's the prodigy, here's the miracle!
Whether its head is oval or spherical,
You rejoice to find it has only one,
Having dreaded a two-headed daughter or son;
Here's the phenomenon all complete,
It's got two hands, it's got two feet,
Only natural, but pleasing, because
For months you have dreamed of flippers or claws.
Furthermore, it is fully equipped:
Fingers and toes with nails are tipped;
It's even got eyes, and a mouth clear cut;
When the mouth comes open the eyes go shut,
When the eyes go shut, the breath is loosed
And the presence of lungs can be deduced.
Let the rockets flash and the cannon thunder,
This child is a marvel, a matchless wonder.
A staggering child, a child astounding,
Dazzling, diaperless, dumbfounding,
Stupendous, miraculous, unsurpassed,
A child to stagger and flabbergast,
Bright as a button, sharp as a thorn,
And the only perfect one ever born.


Arrived this evening at half-past nine.
Everybody is doing fine.
Is it a boy, or quite the reverse?
You can call in the morning and ask the nurse.

- Ogden Nash


Blogger Crazed Teacher said...

hahah how true

7:12 AM  
Blogger sanchez said...

Ah, Ogden Nash, one of my fav's.

4:30 AM  
Anonymous Bushra said...

what about third child?

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anju said...

wht about when 2nd child turns out to be 2nd and 3rd?! at that point my parents - I mean, the parents - say 'oh lordie, we should've stopped at the first one.. ' :-D

heh heh kidding.. as the 2nd of 4 (or 1st of the twins), i have the unique perspective of being both a first and a second. odd, isn't it.

10:39 AM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...


Bushra: Uss becharay ko koi lift nahi karata. Unless he/she is the youngest. Phir tau ayyaashi hai.

Anjum: I'm not sure I understand but good luck to you anyways.

4:25 AM  

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