The Snurdle-urdle-urdle

A snurdle-urdle-urdle

Is walking up my path,

He’s ringing on my doorbell

And asking for a bath.


I don’t know how much water

This strange creature may use.

I offer two fluffy towels

Enabling him to choose.


He cheerfully takes them both,

And turns on both the taps.

Uncertainly, I leave him,

He should be fine – perhaps!


Ten minutes have now gone by,

Water’s on the ceiling.

I feel drip, drip on my head

And a sinking feeling.


My light goes crackle and bang

As I rush up the stairs.

I now have no electric,

The snurdle’s saying prayers!


“Turn the taps off, please!” I shout.

“Chill out, my girl,” says he.

“I do this in every house,

It’s so much fun, you see.”


Do I laugh out loud at this?

Or cry like a baby?

Pretend it’s not happening?

Or blow my top, maybe?


A week has now come and gone

Since this dreadful event.

I never knew such chaos,

Was I glad when he went!


He gave me so much to do

And did he have a cheek!

My house dried out in the end

But it took me all week.


A snurdle-urdle-urdle

May venture up your path.

Just leave him on the doorstep,

Don’t let him take a bath!!!


© Lynn Dye 15.07.2007

It's amazing what you can find looking back on old documents!


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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 2nd Jul 2016 11:11

And I champion that 'nonsense' is never without 'no sense', especially from the writer. Who knows what the psyche is really expelling in such silly ideas. And why not? Any survival skills are greatly to be treasured.

Well done, Lynn.

Rebecca Miller

Wed 22nd Jun 2016 22:48

Oh Lynn this is fantastic! I see it illustrated in my head.

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Wed 22nd Jun 2016 02:26

No, it's true Stu..we all knew the Cat-in-the-Hat was kind of a bastard..I mean, he knew what the P's would've done to us had we been blamed for the mayhem (and we would have been blamed, because the P's can't see the Cat, or even worse, he can't help but hide)..and, even more, he knew how much we dreaded them arriving home..and all this for his little bit of fun.

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Stu Buck

Tue 21st Jun 2016 22:01

i tend to read loads into stuff that has no real metaphorical meaning and completely miss the deeper meaning of most things. it makes life confusing. still, im just reading this through again and its making me chuckle so its all good.

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Tue 21st Jun 2016 21:51

haha Lynn! we just knew the folks on here would love this fab piece.You MUST write more,asap!


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Lynn Dye

Tue 21st Jun 2016 19:51

Wow, thanks everyone, I am feeling quite humbled :-)

It was originally written as a child's picture book, but I never got it illustrated, so elP is nearer right on this, nothing deeper intended, although it is gratifying that Stu was able to read more into my nonsense, ha ha.

Thanks again to all.
Lynn xx

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Stu Buck

Tue 21st Jun 2016 12:10

this is great. reminds me of edward lears nonsense rhymes but shot through with a touch of realism. i love reading too much into things, but i can easily see this representing something deeper than it does. it seems a nonsensical way of warning others about users. or is it me.

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Jemima Jones

Tue 21st Jun 2016 10:01

jabberwocky'ishly great! Thank you.Jemima.

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Laura Taylor

Tue 21st Jun 2016 10:01

:D :D I love the sound...snurdle-urdle-urdle :D

Funny little tale Lynn :D

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Tue 21st Jun 2016 02:22

My gosh Lynn, that's great..Dr. Seuss in that one, for sure.

so brilliant, it made me laugh.


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Phil Kay

Mon 20th Jun 2016 23:08

aaah mate... so funny... love it. Thank You Lynn. xx

I'll be on me toes from now on incase one visits..

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Mon 20th Jun 2016 23:05

just what the laugh doctor ordered Lynn! makes a great change fro all the doom and gloom.


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