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Roald Dahl

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

The Pig


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.'

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004
Edited: Saturday, August 03, 2013

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  • Rookie - 0 Points 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

  • Bronze Star - 6,756 Points * 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

  • Rookie 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

    Rookie - 19 Points Goldheart Bird (5/28/2014 8:29:00 PM)

    Does this poem have to do with your meal? !

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie Daryl Cheng (8/12/2009 6:48:00 AM)

    i totally love this poem.
    not only does it act as a comic relief but is so much more when you look beyond the surface. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sabrina :) (6/23/2009 8:36:00 PM)

    I simply love Roald Dahl. Is there such a word to describe him? In respect of him, i will make a word up!

    Roald Dahl is zingtoppoling! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Derek Laforest (2/26/2008 12:33:00 AM)

    I had to do a poem but this was to long so i couldnt do it...i wanted to but i just couldnt.......boo hoo (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Derek Laforest (2/26/2008 12:31:00 AM)

    I like pie but not all the time.........ching chong patawon.....is this a poem or is it chicken mc nuggets i mean jeez louise! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! I like cheese as well as pie so BAM in your face you dingaling (Report) Reply

  • Rookie X X (2/22/2008 3:29:00 AM)

    i used to listen to this on my Roal Dahl tapes when i was a kid: D (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Leslie Wong (2/13/2008 12:09:00 AM)

    I had to do a report about a 20 line long poem about animals, there were few, but I found this marvelous poem written by Roald Dahl, I loved his books, it was funny and a lot of fun. I just knew he was a poet when I saw this poem, it had a story-like structure, but it was written in a poem that pretty much rymes. (Report) Reply

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