Roald Dahl

(13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990 / Cardiff / Wales)

The Pig - Poem by Roald Dahl

In England once there lived a big
And wonderfully clever pig.
To everybody it was plain
That Piggy had a massive brain.
He worked out sums inside his head,
There was no book he hadn't read.
He knew what made an airplane fly,
He knew how engines worked and why.
He knew all this, but in the end
One question drove him round the bend:
He simply couldn't puzzle out
What LIFE was really all about.
What was the reason for his birth?
Why was he placed upon this earth?
His giant brain went round and round.
Alas, no answer could be found.
Till suddenly one wondrous night.
All in a flash he saw the light.
He jumped up like a ballet dancer
And yelled, 'By gum, I've got the answer! '
'They want my bacon slice by slice
'To sell at a tremendous price!
'They want my tender juicy chops
'To put in all the butcher's shops!
'They want my pork to make a roast
'And that's the part'll cost the most!
'They want my sausages in strings!
'They even want my chitterlings!
'The butcher's shop! The carving knife!
'That is the reason for my life! '
Such thoughts as these are not designed
To give a pig great piece of mind.
Next morning, in comes Farmer Bland,
A pail of pigswill in his hand,
And piggy with a mighty roar,
Bashes the farmer to the floor…
Now comes the rather grisly bit
So let's not make too much of it,
Except that you must understand
That Piggy did eat Farmer Bland,
He ate him up from head to toe,
Chewing the pieces nice and slow.
It took an hour to reach the feet,
Because there was so much to eat,
And when he finished, Pig, of course,
Felt absolutely no remorse.
Slowly he scratched his brainy head
And with a little smile he said,
'I had a fairly powerful hunch
'That he might have me for his lunch.
'And so, because I feared the worst,
'I thought I'd better eat him first.'


Comments about The Pig by Roald Dahl

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/18/2015 6:00:00 PM)

    Levity personified...Enjoyed this... (Report) Reply

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  • LovedayJackson Jackson (4/24/2015 4:03:00 PM)

    Lovely humorous poem! (Report) Reply

  • Francis Lynch Francis Lynch (4/23/2015 3:00:00 PM)

    If you like this, read I Got You Babe. (Report) Reply

  • Francis Lynch Francis Lynch (4/23/2015 2:57:00 PM)

    If you liked this, read Byron's Pig Roast. (Report) Reply

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/29/2015 12:33:00 PM)

    Loved this poem, laughed a lot
    Fell in love with Piggy fat
    Own him though is the last thought
    For he might have me for breakfast (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (2/7/2015 6:01:00 PM)

    I've always loved Dahl's writings, and this is no exception.
    What fun to read! (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed Aftab Alam Khursheed (2/7/2015 2:58:00 AM)

    To everybody it was plain That Piggy had a massive brain. (Report) Reply

  • Herbert Guitang Herbert Guitang (8/15/2014 12:09:00 PM)

    Very nice to read. Wonderful (Report) Reply

  • Colleen Courtney (6/18/2014 7:49:00 AM)

    Dahl was such a wonderfully talented writer. This poem is just simply brilliant! Enchanting and so much fun to read! Love this great piece! (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (6/17/2014 10:18:00 PM)

    ...........oh this is truly a masterpiece.....and animals are very smart....only last week I saw a pig escape from the back of a truck on the way to the slaughter house....I knew for sure he would die from the tremendous fall...but he didn't he bounced up off the pavement.... and seemed to be ok....wonder if they caught him....I hope not.... (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani Brian Jani (4/28/2014 4:08:00 AM)

    You surely know how to wrote, I like each and every poem of yours (Report) Reply

  • Herbert Guitang Herbert Guitang (4/26/2014 5:02:00 AM)

    a satirical poem in the symbol of a PIG.. This Roald Dahl is a genius poet. (Report) Reply

  • Scott Stanley (4/10/2014 4:06:00 PM)

    What does it MEAN? Silly. It means: Eat or be eaten; but don't be a pig about it. (Report) Reply

  • Joe Bob (5/8/2013 9:27:00 AM)

    Yeah I'm with my cousin here jim bob oh and also chocken noggets are goood (Report) Reply

    Goldheart Bird (5/28/2014 8:29:00 PM)

    Does this poem have to do with your meal? !

  • Joe Bob (5/8/2013 9:27:00 AM)

    Yeah I'm with my cousin here jim bob oh and also chocken noggets are goood (Report) Reply

  • Jim Bob (4/23/2013 9:26:00 AM)

    This poem is about chocken nuggets and girls (Report) Reply

  • Sreemoyee Banerjee (11/10/2012 7:27:00 AM)

    Even though it looks like a funny poem, it is not.The poem criticizes our way of life.It is satiric.Often poets use animals to teach us a lesson.The pig here is an erudite fellow and yet he misinterprets the meaning of life.The poet brings out the horrific truth prevalent in this world.Thus, instead of repaying the farmer for giving him food, he is hostile.We should also take note of the farmer's name, Bland which also means mild.So in spite of being educated and intelligent, the pig fails to understand friendship and love.For him, education has not served its purpose and instead has made him paranoid and hostile.Hope this interpretation helps. (Report) Reply

  • Louis Moen (11/9/2012 8:36:00 AM)

    doing dis in esb totally awesome i luv it. no one seems 2 know it tho but still cool (Report) Reply

  • Molly Mason (7/26/2012 6:40:00 PM)

    im totally using this poem in uil (Report) Reply

  • Paris Farah (4/9/2010 6:07:00 AM)

    would someone like to explain to me the message of the poem, because I read someones comment and it said that it had a message, however I am just curious to find out what it is... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Saturday, August 3, 2013


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