Alfred Noyes

(16 September 1880 – 25 June 1958 / Wolverhamton)

Daddy Fell into the Pond.


Everyone grumbled. The sky was grey.

We had nothing to do and nothing to say.

We were nearing the end of a dismal day,

And there seemed to be nothing beyond,

THEN

Daddy fell into the pond!



And everyone's face grew merry and bright,

And Timothy danced for sheer delight.

"Give me the camera, quick, oh quick!

He's crawling out of the duckweed."

Click!



Then the gardener suddenly slapped his knee,

And doubled up, shaking silently,

And the ducks all quacked as if they were daft

And is sounded as if the old drake laughed.



O, there wasn't a thing that didn't respond

WHEN

Daddy fell into the pond!

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Bonnie Shipman (1/31/2012 7:10:00 PM)

    What a love of laughter! It is very true somedays are so boring or gloomy that they really require an absurd accident to lighten the mood. I wonder if this ever actually happened? I think it very well could have. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Shepherd (7/28/2008 8:58:00 AM)

    This reminds me of the instruction given to staff at Butlin's Holiday Camps to keep up the fun:

    'If the mood in the dining hall gets heavy - dropp some plates! ' (Report) Reply

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