I can’t stop! Well, actually, I could, but I’m having a little too much fun writing these “sequels” to Mother Goose rhymes. This week a sort of accidental theme emerged: children being bad. Technically, I think “children being bad” sums up a vast majority of fairy tales and nursery rhymes.
A Tattler’s Tale
Jack Horner’s brother
Cried to his mother,
“Guess where Jack’s put his thumb?!”
Jack’s brother, the snitch,
Brought mother a switch,
And said, “You’re not good, you’re just dumb!”
The Calamity Kids
Jill and Jack were sent out back,
To fetch their mother some camphor;
Jill was tripped and split her lip,
And Jack was caught by a brown bear.
Jill staggered ‘round, fell to the ground,
Her limbs felt heavy, her thoughts dim;
“Don’t leave me here!” Jack cried in fear,
But no one bothered to save them.
Tom, Tom, the preacher’s son,
Stole a bull and he tried to run;
The bull got bored, and Tom was gored,
And Tom was denied his Great Reward!
It’s Poetry Friday! Plenty of good poems just ripe for the pickin’! The roundup this week is hosted by the effervescent Sara over at Read Write Believe.