August 21, 2011

Oh frabjous day!… #PoetrySummer, Week 12

‘Twas brillig…All mimsy were the Rogerses. So to send #PoetrySummer out with a bang (or, umm, a snicker-snack), Eva and David helped me make this rendition of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky for your viewing “pleasure.” I make several mistakes during the performance, but I said the poem correctly earlier this afternoon. (That is, except for the one word I always get slightly wrong. It starts with a B and doesn’t have as many Rs as I would like.)

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought–
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! and through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Eva’s favorite part of the whole production is the sword, which David parted from his Strider action figure so that Kermit wouldn’t have to spar with a measly pencil. Yes, for Jabberwocky, we let Eva handle the collectibles. Thanks be to David.

Of all the poems I learned this summer, I’ll declare Fiddler Jones, Week 6, my favorite. It isn’t as poetic as many of the others, but the first few lines really get me: “The earth keeps some vibration going/there in your heart, and that is you.”

Vrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Farewell #PoetrySummer. You were fun while you lasted.

Cast & Crew: Jabberwock=Wee Red Sock Puppet animated by Eva; Son=Kermit animated by Mommy; Father=Ken; Jubjub bird=Pterodactyl; Frumious Bandersnatch=Bunny Slipper; Extra=Blue Bambi; Narrator=Mommy; Camera Operator=Daddy; Intro Score performed and composed by Eva

2 comments

5 Stars!! Guess we need to make plans to attend the Academy Awards as I am sure it will win!

by Margaret Rogers on August 22, 2011 at 8:59 am. #

I think I’ll wear a green gown to match Kermy.

by wendy on August 22, 2011 at 10:28 am. #