The Pig by Roald Dahl

This poem is about the cleaverest pig in the world. But one question drove him around the bend; he simply couldn't puzzle it out, what life was really all about. Till suddenly, one wonderous night, he jumped up like a ballet dancer and yelled

The Pig
The Pig – Roald Dahl

In England once there lived a big
And wonderfully clever pig.
To everybody it was plain
That piggy had a massive brain.
He worked out sums inside his head,
There was no book he hadn’t read.
He knew what made an airplane fly,
He knew how engines worked and why.
He knew all this, but in the end
One question drove him round the bend:
He simply couldn’t puzzle out
What LIFE was really all about.
What was the reason for his birth?
Why was he placed upon this earth?
His giant brain went round and round.
Alas, no answer could be found,
Till suddenly one wondrous night
All in a flash he saw the light.
He jumped up like a ballet dancer
And yelled, ‘By gum, I’ve got the answer!
They want my bacon, slice by slice,
To sell at a tremendous price!
They want my tender juicy chops
To put in all the butchers’ shops!
And that’s the part’ll cost the most!
They want my sausages in strings!
They even want my chitterlings!
The butcher’s shop! The carving knife!
That is the reason for my life!
Such thoughts as these are not designed
To give a pig great piece of mind.
Next morning, in comes Farmer Bland,
A pail of pigswill in his hand,
And piggy, with a mighty roar,
Bashes the farmer to the floor...
Now comes the rather grizzly bit
So let’s not make too much of it,
Except that you must understand
That Piggy did eat Farmer Bland.
He ate him up from head to toe,
Chewing the pieces nice and slow.
It took an hour to reach the feet,
Because there was so much to eat,
And when he finished, Pig, of course,
Felt absolutely no remorse.
Slowly he scratched his brainy head
And, with a little smile, he said,
‘I had a fairly powerful hunch
That he might have me for his lunch.
And so, because I feared the worst,
I thought I’d better eat him first.’
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