Something Wonderful

It’s frosty outside where I am, but reading this light-footed poem warmed my heart —
I hope it warms yours as well:

The Lobster Quadrille
by Lewis Carroll

“Will you walk a little faster?” said a whiting to a snail.
“There’s a porpoise close behind us, and he’s treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle – will you come and join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the dance?

“You can really have no notion how delightful it will be
When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out to sea!”
But the snail replied “Too far, too far!” and gave a look askance –
Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, could not join the dance.

“What matters it how far we go?” his scaly friend replied.
“There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
The further off from England the nearer is to France –
Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance.
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the dance?”

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About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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2 Responses to Something Wonderful

  1. Harriet Halpern says:

    Love it. I’d like to show you the 2 page end of my memoir, in which my 12 yr old grandson comes up behind me at a lavish bar mitzvah party, taps me on the shoulder, and when I turn around in my wheelchair he says, Grandma, I was wondering if you’d like to dance with me and I say yes I’d love to and off we go to join the dance, –I may quote a bit of the poem. –Thanks to Lewis Carroll and you I am going now to bed smiling.

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