The Pobble Who Has No Toes

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The Pobble who has no toes had once as many as we

When they said ‘one day you may lose them all’ he replied ‘Fish fiddle de dee’

For his Aunt Jobiska made him drink

Lavender water tinged with pink

And she said ‘The world in general knows

There’s nothing so good for a Pobble’s toes


The Pobble who has no toes swam the Bristol Channel

But before he set out he wrapped his nose in a wrapper of scarlet flannel

For his Aunt Jobiska said ‘No harm

Can come to his toes if his nose is warm

And it’s generally known a Pobble’s toes are safe

Provided he minds his nose’


The Pobble swam fast and well and when ships or boats came near him

They tinkled binkledy winkled a bell so that all the world could hear him

And all the sailors and Admirals cried

When they saw him nearing the further side

‘He’s gone to fish for his Aunt Jobiska’s

Runcible cat with crimson whiskers’


But before he reached the shore, the shore of the Bristol Channel,

A sea-green porpoise carried away his wrapper of scarlet flannel

And when he came to observe his feet

Formerly garnished with toes so neat

His face at once became forlorn

Perceiving that all his toes were gorn


And nobody ever knew from that dark day to the present

Who has taken the Pobble’s toes in a manner so far from pleasant

Whether the shrimps or crawfish grey,

Or crafty mermaids, stole them away

Nobody knew and nobody knows

Who has taken the Pobble’s twice five toes.


The Pobble who has no toes was placed in a friendly barque

And they rowed him back and carried him up to his Aunt Jobiska’s park

Where she made him a feast at his earnest wish

Of eggs and buttercups fried with fish

For she said ‘It’s a fact that the whole world knows

That Pobble’s are happier without their toes’.



Edward Lear

Music ©Garvin Crawford.


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