William Brighty Rands

(1823 - 1882 / England)

Topsy-Turvy World - Poem by William Brighty Rands

IF the butterfly courted the bee,
And the owl the porcupine;
If churches were built in the sea,
And three times one was nine;
If the pony rode his master,
If the buttercups ate the cows,
If the cats had the dire disaster
To be worried, sir, by the mouse;
If mamma, sir, sold the baby
To a gypsy for half a crown;
If a gentleman, sir, was a lady,—
The world would be Upside-down!
If any or all of these wonders
Should ever come about,
I should not consider them blunders,
For I should be Inside-out!


Ba-ba, black wool,
Have you any sheep?
Yes, sir, a packfull,
Creep, mouse, creep!
Four-and-twenty little maids
Hanging out the pie,
Out jump’d the honey-pot,
Guy Fawkes, Guy!
Cross latch, cross latch,
Sit and spin the fire;
When the pie was open’d,
The bird was on the brier!

Comments about Topsy-Turvy World by William Brighty Rands

  • Gold Star - 15,816 Points Ramesh T A (8/30/2015 2:40:00 PM)

    Topsy turvy world is nicely composed to make all laugh and the ending stanza is humorous rhyming song! (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 37,321 Points Rajnish Manga (8/30/2015 11:12:00 AM)

    This Topsy-Turvy World gave so many smiles in the first part of the poem and peels of laughter in the second part. Thoroughly enjoyed it. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,988 Points Bharati Nayak (8/30/2015 7:12:00 AM)

    Sometimes mind wonder with 'ifs'- - How the world it would be! On leisurely moments we are happy about imagining pleasurable absurd thoughts, questioning and answering.Funny and beautiful write. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 28,812 Points Kim Barney (8/30/2015 5:44:00 AM)

    Ah, Mister Rands! I wonder how much he had to drink just before he wrote this! Silly but quite fun, nevertheless. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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