YE GODS! Someone else knows about the Dong with the Luminous Nose! I presume you're also close friends of Mr. and Mrs. Discobolus and perhaps the Pobble Who Has No Toes?
Ah, Edward Lear and Hilaire Belloc were childhood 'friends'.
In my turn I wrote ridiculous poems for my three children; and also amended existing poems to suit the occasion. E.g. here's a warning against too much bubble gum eating.
Little Tom Thumb
The Chief Defect of Li’l Tom Thumb
Was chewing lots of bubble gum.
At last he swallowed some which tied
Itself in sticky Knots inside.
Physicians of the Utmost Fame
Were called at once; but when they came
They answered, as they took their Fees,
"There is no Cure for this Disease.
"Tommy will very soon be dead.''
His Parents stood about his Bed
Lamenting his Untimely Death,
When Tommy, with his Latest Breath,
Cried, "Oh, my Friends, be warned by me,
That Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, and Tea
Are all the Human Frame requires...''
With that, Little Tommy expires.
Hilaire Belloc (modified)
“Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation;
all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, even if religion vanished;
but religious superstition dismounts all these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men.” Francis Bacon
Last night in the rain I met an old man
Who spoke a language I do not speak,
Which marked him as one who does not know my God.
With apologetic smile he offered me
The shelter of his patched umbrella.
I met his eyes... And then I knew
'Who Are My People,'
by Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni
“Lucretius . . .
Comes to proclaim in English verse
No monarch rules the universe;
But chance and atoms make this All
In order Democratical,
Where bodies freely run their course,
Without design, or fate, or force.”
Edmund Waller, in the 17th century, writing with regard to
Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura. Lucretius. c-.99 - c.55 BC
I especially like those quotes.
Les hommes ne seront jamais libres jusqu'à ce que le dernier roi est étranglé avec les entrailles du dernier prêtre. Denis Diderot ("Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.").
Another of my favorites.
'On ne devient pas athée par souhait' Napoleon Bonaparte