When Rover Passed Over
When Rover died, my sister cried;
I tried my best to calm her.
I said, “We’ll have him mummified,
I know a good embalmer.”
And so we packed the wretched pup
Into a wicker basket.
We duly had him bandaged up,
And kept him in a casket.
Now Rover we will not forget,
Though he is but a dummy,
For though we’ve lost a faithful pet,
We’ve gained an extra Mummy!
— Colin West
Copyright © 2001. All Rights Reserved. From The Big Book of Nonsense: Poems to Make You Laugh out Loud!. Hutchinson of London. Illustration by Colin West. Reprinted by permission of the author.
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