High Crimes and Nursery Rhymes
Punishment, then mercy, violence, and then lies,
All rhymes read to young children to expand their minds.
Guileless, childish imaginations at the start,
Taught old fairy tales, marchens* and their counterparts.
Famous city bridges** made from small children’s bones,
Pigs with building permits then blown from their homes,
Or a cross-dressing wolf with a murderous mind.
Just who writes about mice when the poor things are blind?
Breaking of promises, animal abuse,
Robbery and lying or an egg breaking loose,
Who ignores happiness, love, or a lasting truce?
A rampaging Mother with the last name of Goose.
<Humor, Satire, Cross-Dressing Wolf, Bones>
*Marchen- a fairy story or fable
**The theory that London Bridge is Falling Down refers to a practice first recorded by Alice Bertha Gomme in “The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1894–1898)”. The idea is that London Bridge would fall unless human sacrifices were buried in the foundations.
The European Journal of Educational Studies investigated nursery rhymes and found that in 15 of 45 nursery rhymes studied, mentioned values. Those were a punishment, mercy, perseverance, violence, robbery, loyalty, love, breaking promises, cruelty to animals, lying, and disloyalty.”
Beverly Stock is an American poet who delights in creating poetry that asks big questions about small moments and inspires readers to revisit the little memories we so often overlook. The Society of Classical Poetry has published her poetry, as have The Chained Mused, Persimmon Tree, and LightenUp-Online, in the UK. www.beverlystockpoetry.com.