This is my version of the beginning of the nursery rhyme "There was an old woman who lived in a shoe". The original rhyme was clearly a howl of pain from a hard-pressed woman who lived in over-crowded accommodation and had to send her children to bed on a supper of "broth without any bread", and even worse. I don't want to deny the rawness of that original poem. But at the same time, I remember being a child looking at a picture in my nursery rhyme book, loving the way that a shoe had become a house, while hating the words. And so I wanted to turn that rhyme into something that children could like and that might make them feel happier. So here are my new words:
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe
With lots of kids and a kitty-cat too.
She gave them their tea, which was baked beans and bread
Then read them a story and put them to bed.
June 30th, 2019
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