"Rules and Regulations" Lewis Carroll

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Rules and Regulations
Lewis Carroll

A short direction
To avoid dejection,
By variations
In occupations,
And prolongation
Of relaxation,
And combinations
Of recreations,
And disputation
On the state of the nation
In adaptation
To your station,
By invitations
To friends ans relations,
By evitation
Of amputation,
By permutation,
In conversation,
And deep reflexion
You'll avoid dejection.

Learn well your grammar,
And never stammer,
Write well and neatly,
And sing most sweetly,
Be entreprising,
Love early rising,
Go walk of six miles,
Have ready quick smiles,
With lightsome laughter,
Soft flowing after
Drink tea, not coffee,
Never eat toffy.
Eat bread with butter.
Once more, don't stutter.
Don't waste your money,
Abstain from honey.
Shut doors behind you,
(Don't slam them, mind you.)
Drink beer, not porter.
Don't enter the water
Till to swim you are able.
Sit close to the table.
Take care of a candle.
Shut a door by the handle,
Don't push with your shoulder
Until you are older.
Lose not a button.
Refuse cold mutton.
Starve your canaries.
Believe in fairies.
If you are able,
Don't have a stable
With any mangers.
Be rude to strangers.

Moral : behave.

Merci à Lapinoursette pour l'anthologie en anglais Penguin's Poems for Life dont ce poème est tiré.
Illustration : Linda Berkgvist, Summer.

Publié dans Anthologie personnelle

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Lapinoursinette 31/03/2009 10:17

De rien de rien! je savais que ce cadeau te plairait! la poésie en version originale, c'est quand même mieux!

Aurelie 31/03/2009 19:34

Hehehe oui, c'est très agréable d'en picorer. Bon, il y en a de trop durs pour moi, mais un comme ça, c'est facile. Et ludique en plus!