Sunday Poetry – Ogden Nash

I just had to end the week of the 1938 Club with a poem. I had trouble finding a poem so I’ve chosen a song instead, written by a poet so I’ve decided it counts! I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Ogden Nash. It was set to music by Kurt Weill for the musical One Touch of Venus.
Here is the lovely Ute Lemper singing it.

Tell me is love still a popular suggestion
Or merely an obsolete art?
Forgive me for asking, this simple question
I’m unfamiliar with this part
I am a stranger here myself

Why is wrong to murmur, “I adore him”
When it’s shamefully obvious I do?
Does love embarrass him, or does it bore him?
I’m only waiting for my clue
I’m a stranger here myself

I dream of a day of a gay warm day
With my face between his hands
Have I missed the path? Have I gone astray?
I ask and no one understands

Love me or leave me
That seems to be the question
I don’t know which tactics to use
But if he should offer

A personal suggestion
How could I possibly refuse
When I’m a stranger here myself?

Please tell me, tell a stranger
My curiosity goaded
Is there really any danger
That love is now out-moded?

I’m interested especially
In knowing why you waste it
True romance is so freshly
With what have you replaced it?

What is your latest foible?
Is Gin Rummy more exquisite?
Is skiing more enjoyable?
For heaven’s sake what is it?

I can’t believe
That love has lost its glamor
That passion is really passe
If gender is just a term in grammar
How can I ever find my way?
Since I’m a stranger here myself

How can he ignore my
Available condition?
Why these Victorian views?
You see here before you

A woman with a mission
I must discover the key to his ignition
And then if he should make
A diplomatic proposition

How could I possibly refuse?
How could I possibly refuse
When I’m a stranger here myself?

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