Poet’s Corner – On The Ning Nang Nong

Hello readers, I’m sorry for posting so late, but I’ve actually been fairly busy today. I was planning on doing a piece on a friends poem, but I ran out of time, so did this one instead.

The poem today is Spike Milligan’s “On the Ning Nang Nong”. As it is a nonsense poem, I don’t have to do an explanation to it :). It’s just pure madness that I remember as a small child so enjoy due to the fond memories it brings back. It is considered the UK’s greatest comic poem, beating the poetry of Lewis Carol and Edward Lear.
Spike Milligan was an Indian born British (and later Irish [after the British declared he was stateless]) comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright, soldier and actor. He could sing and played drums, guitar, trumpet and double bass, all of which were self-taught with the help of his perfect pitch.


On the Ning Nang Nong
Where the Cows go Bong!
and the monkeys all say BOO!
There’s a Nong Nang Ning
Where the trees go Ping!
And the tea pots jibber jabber joo.
On the Nong Ning Nang
All the mice go Clang
And you just can’t catch ’em when they do!
So its Ning Nang Nong
Cows go Bong!
Nong Nang Ning
Trees go ping
Nong Ning Nang
The mice go Clang
What a noisy place to belong
is the Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong!!


Hope you enjoy, please feel free to comment.
The Lonely Recluse.
Thanks goes to poemhunter.com for the words of On the Ning Nang Nong and Wikipedia for the information I have summerised into Spike Milligan’s very abridged autobiography.

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