Remember the finger play (toe play really) "This little pig went to market"? Today’s poem in the Writer’s Almanac "Counting the Mad" by Donald Justice, is a clever take-off on that. It begins:
This one was put in a jacket,
This one was sent home,
This one was given bread and meat
But would eat none,
And this one cried No No No No
All day long.
Which reminds me – it’s high time for another poetry writing prompt. I think Mr. Justice’s idea of growing a poem from a child’s a nursery rhyme or finger play would be a fun and interesting exercise. And so that’s my challenge to myself this week: Write a poem based on a nursery rhyme or children’s finger play.
You’re welcome to join me if you like!
(Links to more poems by Donald Justice here.)