Day 30 – NanoPoblano – “Signs Of Shakespeare’s Plays” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Common Cold” by Ogden Nash

Hello dearest of all my dear friends.

(Dearie me, what an intro that was!)

Here we are at the final day of NanoPoblano and my found poetry marathon. What a journey it has been!

Firstly before the final poem, how about a shameless plug for my books? Sounds like a splendid idea to me! If you have enjoyed my poetry this month and fancy supporting me further or want to read even more poetic goodness then why not check out my debut poetry book “Life, Sex & Death” (if you don’t have a copy already) at the link below.

My debut poetry book has won an international award and has many great reviews on Amazon, so I’m sure you will find much to appreciate in it.

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Moving swiftly on…

For tonight’s poetry excursion, I have dipped my toe into the waters of the celebrated humourous light verse poet Ogden Nash and selected his poem “Common Cold” as my particular poetic ailment…I mean inspiration for my found poem.

I got the lyrics to it over here at Famous Poets and Poems.

Lyrics to “Common Cold” by Ogden Nash over at Famous Poets and Poems

Ogden Nash Bio over at Poetry Foundation

Here is the poem in its entirety too for your convenience.

“Common Cold” by Ogden Nash

Go hang yourself, you old M.D.!
You shall not sneer at me.
Pick up your hat and stethoscope,
Go wash your mouth with laundry soap;
I contemplate a joy exquisite
I’m not paying you for your visit.
I did not call you to be told
My malady is a common cold.

By pounding brow and swollen lip;
By fever’s hot and scaly grip;
By those two red redundant eyes
That weep like woeful April skies;
By racking snuffle, snort, and sniff;
By handkerchief after handkerchief;
This cold you wave away as naught
Is the damnedest cold man ever caught!

Give ear, you scientific fossil!
Here is the genuine Cold Colossal;
The Cold of which researchers dream,
The Perfect Cold, the Cold Supreme.
This honored system humbly holds
The Super-cold to end all colds;
The Cold Crusading for Democracy;
The Führer of the Streptococcracy.

Bacilli swarm within my portals
Such as were ne’er conceived by mortals,
But bred by scientists wise and hoary
In some Olympic laboratory;
Bacteria as large as mice,
With feet of fire and heads of ice
Who never interrupt for slumber
Their stamping elephantine rumba.

A common cold, gadzooks, forsooth!
Ah, yes. And Lincoln was jostled by Booth;
Don Juan was a budding gallant,
And Shakespeare’s plays show signs of talent;
The Arctic winter is fairly coolish,
And your diagnosis is fairly foolish.
Oh what a derision history holds
For the man who belittled the Cold of Colds!


And finally one last time as we draw to a close for the final poem of this glorious month (a tear comes to eye, better flick it away quickly), here is my found poem based on the words of the genius that is Mr Ogden Nash, thank you for reading and hope you enjoy it.


Photo by ShonEjai on Pixabay

“Signs Of Shakespeare’s Plays” by David Ellis

Pick up your mouth
Contemplate a joy exquisite to be told
By those red skies
This wave, here the genuine dream humbly holds
Within such wise heads of who never interrupt
For stamping rumba common show signs
Of what history holds for the belittled


Still want more? Then check out other Day 30 posts from fellow NanoPoblano participants below!

30 NOVEMBER: IT’S A WRAP – Starving Activist


NABLOPOMO 2018 DAY 30 – Dean Kealy Design

Apple of My Eye: Prologue – Echoshadow


This Moment: After The Swim Meet – Behind the Willows

Meet Dixie Burton. – Julie Burton Blog

Made it! – the matticus kingdom

#NanoPoblano2018 Day 30 – Vanessence

All Anyone Can Do – No Talent For Certainty

The Last Unposted Post: a rambling pirate from the past – The Temenos Journal


Support My Friends – 33 Grams of Blog

Until next time – Fresh Off The Pad Poetry

The Dollop – Mommy Quits

End of NanoPoblano 2018 – Failing at Haiku

2018 NaBloPoMO Wrap-Up – Just A Little Bit Sweet

I’m glad to be with you, here at the end of all things. – SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE NUT



A Photo A Week Challenge – Things With Wings – teleportingweena

Paradox… – Aberrant Crochet (TM)



4 thoughts on “Day 30 – NanoPoblano – “Signs Of Shakespeare’s Plays” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Common Cold” by Ogden Nash

    • TY Di! Such a relief to be at the end. It has been so much fun though and I must keep writing more of these in my spare time. I actually think I could write a million of them and still not get bored 🙂 TY for all of your generous support and comments throughout, really appreciate it 🙂

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