by: Oliver Herford (1863-1935)
- HY and Wherefore
set out one day
- To hunt for a wild Negation.
- They agreed to meet at a cool retreat
- On the Point of Interrogation.
- But the night was dark and they missed their mark,
- And, driven well-nigh to distraction,
- They lost their ways in a murky maze
- Of utter abstruse abstraction.
- Then they took a boat and were soon afloat
- On a sea of Speculation,
- But the sea grew rough, and their boat, though tough,
- Was split into an Equation.
- As they floundered about in the waves of doubt
- Rose a fearful Hypothesis,
- Who gibbered with glee as they sank in the sea,
- And the last they saw was this:
- On a rock-bound reef of Unbelief
- There sat the wild Negation;
- Then they sank once more and were washed ashore
- At the Point of Interrogation.
POEMS BY OLIVER HERFORD
"Metaphysics" is reprinted
from A Nonsense Anthology. Ed. Carolyn Wells. New York:
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1915.