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Sensory Feelings ~ a Poem

John values the use of humour and enjoys writing and reading limericks and jokes. He is a fan of Dr. Seuss, Edward Lear and Shel Silverstein

Flying Pumpkin: Image by Joan Greenman from Pixabay

Flying Pumpkin: Image by Joan Greenman from Pixabay

Nonsense Verse

Sometimes it is good for a writer just to let one's hair down and write a piece that is light-hearted and doesn't use up too many precious brain cells. It is also a good stress-reliever and helps to uplift the spirits. I enjoy writing nonsense poetry and limericks now and then, and this is one of those times.

In fact, I was tempted to call this poem 'Nonsensory Feelings' but witty plays on words are not recommended for titles as they don't do well in Google searches.

However, just because a poem is listed under 'nonsense verse' doesn't mean it has no value or a message to convey. I hope this poem does have a message hidden somewhere within its silliness.

Also, nonsense verse is not just for children. It can appeal to all age groups through the use of outlandish settings, invented words, fantastic characters, and the use of oxymorons. Personification, catchy rhyme schemes or lyrics, consistent syllable count or patterns, as well as simple story-telling, are all part of this fun genre of poetry. My very first attempt at nonsense verse was with the poem 'Betelgeuse.'

Image by Mystic Art Design from Pixabay

Image by Mystic Art Design from Pixabay

Sensory Feelings

Smell the clouds as they roll by,

Hear the wind blow in your eyes,

Taste the dew drops on the flowers,

Use all of your sensory powers.

Feel the chattering of the birds,

Breathe the poet’s flowing words,

See the mad dog’s angry barks,

Shiver when the sky grows dark.

Listen to the Moon at night,

Catch the angst when there’s a fight,

Take their limp punch on the chin,

Release a sigh when you win.

Don’t shed tears when you feel sad,

To cry’s more powerful when you’re glad,

Loudly laugh when you’re depressed,

And read this poem to avoid stress.

The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carrol

The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carrol

The Ten Best Nonsense Poems

  1. Jabberwocky ~ Lewis Carrol
  2. The Owl and the Pussycat ~ Edward Lear
  3. On the Ning Nang Nong ~ Spike Milligan
  4. The Trouble With Geraniums ~ Mervyn Peake
  5. Skin Stealer ~ Shel Silverstein
  6. Hey, Diddle Diddle ~ Mother Goose
  7. Sneezles ~ A.A. Milne
  8. The Crocodile ~ Lewis Carrol
  9. The People Upstairs - Ogden Nash
  10. The Walrus and the Carpenter ~ Lewis Carrol

The above poems were chosen as the best of the best nonsense poems by a group of experts at Poem Analysis.

I had always been of the opinion that Edward Lear was considered the primary exponent of nonsense verse, however as Lewis Carrol (most famous for 'Through the Looking-Glass' and 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) has three poems in the top ten, it seems appropriate that he be crowned the "King of Nonsense Verse."

© 2022 John Hansen

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