Some more Ogden Nash on food.

gandle(4 NE)November 17, 2010

A gourmet challenged me to eat

A tiny bit of rattlesnake meat,

Remarking, "Don't look horror stricken,

You'll find it tastes a lot like chicken."

It did,

Now chicken I cannot eat.

Because it tastes like rattlesnake meat

The hardest food upon the planet

Is easily the ripe pomegranite.

I'm halfway through the puzzle game

Of guessing how it got it's name.

The pome part turns my cowlick hoary,

The granite part is self-explanatory.

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lilod(NoCal/8)

Love it!

    Bookmark   November 17, 2010 at 3:59PM
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oscarthecat(z7MD)

Right on!!! Steve S.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2010 at 4:02PM
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mawheel

I tried to reply to this earlier this afternoon, but my computer was acting up and it wouldn't post. What I said was: "OMG, George, chicken is the preferred protein in my house! Will I ever be able to eat it again without thinking about this poem?!!!"

I have a silly (perhaps) but VERY real phobia about all things "creepy crawlerish" -- and Ogden Nash's poem doesn't help one little bit! However, as always, he was very witty. :>)

    Bookmark   November 17, 2010 at 5:47PM
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lilod(NoCal/8)

It's funny how many unusual foods are described as "tastes like chicken" wonder if chicken tastes like chicken?
and chicken what? Fried? Baked? Caccitore? Maybe it's because chicken is so versatile.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 1:19AM
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mwoods

rattlesnake really does taste like chicken. I had it once when I was teenager and we were living in Arizona.It was just kind of bland,like chicken but I'm remembering it as a little more salty.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 9:36AM
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west_gardener

Lol, it's a good thing that Ogden Nash did not have to be in a survival situation. I've eaten snakes and eels and both have the texture and taste of chicken.
I agree about the "ripe pomegranite." quote, IMO, it has the pucker factor or 10+ no matter how ripe it is. There are boxes of free fruit all over the place around here.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 8:10PM
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anneliese_32(6)

Is "It tastes like chicken" an American food preference? I don't remember a similar comparison in German or in Britisch literature. For me it means that I hope it don't tast like chicken.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2010 at 11:42AM
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sheila(WA7)

Ogden Nash is a long time favorite of mine. I've loved his clever "poems" since I was a kid, although I think they might more properly be called "limericks". I'll have to look up he definition.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2010 at 12:38PM
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sheila(WA7)

I checked it out - this is not a limerick. A limerick consists of five lines only...I learn something new every day!

    Bookmark   November 21, 2010 at 12:43PM
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