We’re going back in time, today. Back to my childhood. Maybe, back to yours. So, here is a fun little ditty I want to share with you. It’s referred to as a “nonsense rhyme”, such as “The Jabberwocky” was. I don’t recall if my parents taught it to me (they were a Boy Scout leader and a Girl Scout Leader), or I picked it up at the many camps I attended during my summers. (Yes, I’ve been to both Girl AND Boy Scout Camps. That’s a story for another time!)
Either way, I immediately memorized it for ease of recitation. It was so much fun; I thought it would make others laugh, too. When my kids were young, I taught it to them. They thought it was hilarious. Perhaps it’s something you’ll recognize with fond memories.
There appear to be many versions of this folk poem around, and a history that has claims of composition as far back as the 1480‘s. Here’s a good site to get a look at some of this history.
I hope you enjoy!
Ladies and Gentlemen, Hobos and Tramps,
Cross-eyed mosquitoes and bull-legged ants.
One sunny day, in the middle of night,
Two dead boys, rose to fight.
If you think my story not true,
Go ask the blind man, he saw it, too.
Bow and applause. Now….to bring you back to your current life: “Help us, Mr. Wizard; take us back!” “Drizzle, drazzle, druzzle, drome; time for zis one to come home”. Ahh, Tooter the Turtle, never learns. Mr Wizard says, “Be what you is and not what you is not. Folks that is what they is, is the happiest lot.”
Every so often, I’ll share some more old gems to make you smile. Do you remember some funny poems or songs from your childhood?
Linda Williams Stirling