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Thursday, April 21, 2011

R ~ Ring around the Rosy

Ring around the Rosy

A nursery rhyme
passed down to us
we teach our children
young to sing and play

not really ever knowing
what it truly means
not really ever caring
it’s a nursery rhyme

How bad could it be?

Ring around the rosy
with a pocket full of poesy
ashes, ashes
we all fall down

the children go
around and  around
till ashes and ashes
they all fall down
giggling with joy
wanting to go again
and again.

A nursery rhyme
telling a story of a plague
full of puss and death
infected sores
burning the sick
high above ground
while ashes fall.

Ring around the rosy
with a pocket full of posy
ashes, ashes
we all fall down

  River 4/11


Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

I had a teacher in school who told us the gruesome truths behind "Ring Around The Rosy" and other nursery rhymes. Royal scandals, governmental scheming, famine and disease. The worst part is that these seemingly innocent rhymes were being taught to children, deviously used to perpetuate such negativity.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wow, I didnt know that. But always have thought "fairy tales" are kind of grim. Good one, River.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

creepy, isn't it? *shudder*


Shelli said...

I had been taught that, too. But now, you piqued my interest, and I looked it up. That may have been a mistaken interpretation. Although "Rockabye Baby" is still pretty sadistic, isn't it?

Sarah Allen said...

Yeah, nursery rhymes can be pretty...interesting, to put it nicely :)

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