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Helen
June 3rd, 2007, 03:03 PM
probably 50 years ago in some SF paperback anthology I read a spoof on the Edwared Lear children's poem, and it went something like:

The owl and the pussycat went into space
In a modified Jupiter C.
They took some lox and homing clocks,
And an ape with a PH.d.
The owl took a sight on the guide beam's sound...


etc. for several more verses. it's a treasure!

any idea where I can find the whole poem? google doesn't turn anything up>
thanx

sysengr1
April 28th, 2009, 01:16 PM
Yes, it was in an anthology - I don't remember the author, or the title, editor or publisher of the book, but I memorized the poem as an exercise for a high school english class. If anyone can offer more info, please respond so the author can receive some well-deserved recognition.

Here's how I remember the poem:

The Owl and the Pussycat went into space In a modified Jupiter C.
They took some LOX and standard clocks,
And an ape with a PhD.
The Owl took a sight on the stars above
And sang to the guide beam's sound,
"Oh lovely Pussy, oh Pussy my love,
We should never have left the ground,
The ground,
The ground,
We should never have left the ground."

Pussy said to the Owl, "Our atmosphere's foul,
Your singing's upsetting our course,
But let us be wedded and computer where we're headed,
And send our decision in Morse."
So they rocketed gay the elliptical way
To the land where the red dust flows,
And there as he should, a Martian stood,
One a ring instead of his toes,
His toes,
His toes,
On a ring instead of his toes.

"Will you loan us your ring if the Owl doesn't sing?"
Replied the Martian, "I will."
So they took it away and were married next day
By some sort of a thing with a gill.
They dined on yams and boneless hams
While the Martians espied them in mirth,
And hand in hand on the ruddy sand,
Each thumbed his nose at the Earth,
The Earth,
The Earth,
Each thumbed his nose at the Earth.

Geometeer
October 13th, 2009, 08:53 AM
The poet was Hilbert Schenck, the title was "Ed Lear Wasn’t So Crazy!", and it appeared in F&SF Jun 1960 and in Sixth Annual Edition: The Year’s Best SF, ed. Judith Merril, Dell 1961.

And every word of it is True.