Archive for May, 2006

My One Kids’ Poem

May 6, 2006

This is not literally my only children's poem, but it is the only one worth reading. Wouldn't you know it… in the poem, I attempt to teach something about our language.


There is one more cookie there:
Shouldn't he or should he?
Johnny's mother says: FORBEAR,
Do not eat the goodie!

Johnny makes his FOREBEARS glad,
Does just what they say;
Wants to be a decent lad,
When they say, "obey."

Grandma gives the sternest rule:
"Who has cookies, shares,"
Says, "if you're a bad boy, you'll
Be eaten by FOUR BEARS!"

Every now and then, though, John
Steals the sweets, in pairs,
Takes two cookies, not just one,
To the zoo… FOR BEARS!

– The Yellow Doggerelist

Copyright © 1996 Stephen S. Bates