Nursery Rhymes And Fairy Tales Revisited

     I’ve started a new category for your reading pleasure, “Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales Revisited” in which I take a bizarre look at the stories that we tell our children when they are young. All of them happy, happy… But are they? Do we know what was going through the minds of the writer of such things? Do we really? Furthermore, even if they were innocent little items to make the children smile, I’ve taken the liberty of dissecting a few and offer some suggestions as to what may, or may not, have been a subliminally planted message! You’ll have to decide for yourselves.

     Some of these have humor, some have speculation, some have violence, but all of them were (initially) intended for the children..

      I’ll start you off with one of a lighter note, and we’ll go downhill later!

     Have a wonderful Labor Day (U.S.) and a terrific week ahead,


Home-fries or Grits

Home-fries or Grits?

Breakfast For A King

Old Humpty-Dumpty

was a pretty good egg

but he took a bad fall

and broke an arm and a leg.

But the king and his horseman

did not give a good damn,

as the king ordered scrambled

with home-fries and ham.


Jack Downing

Aug. 2013

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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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6 Responses to Nursery Rhymes And Fairy Tales Revisited

  1. Beth Ann says:

    I think I am going to like these new category! So many of the nursery rhymes seem innocent enough until you really read them…..I am thinking you have uncovered a few of those yourself! Happy Labor Day!

  2. adeeyoyo says:

    Brilliant idea, Jake! I love this one – excellent! I’ve always wondered how, in the olden days, people could be so light hearted about calamities – was it just so they could feel better themselves? Looking forward to the downhill trip, lol. 😀

  3. Mary Wilcox says:

    It’s long been thought this poem was about England’s Great Plague (which was truly awesome in the worst way possible). The rosy ring supposedly refered to the plague’s rash. The pocket of posies are the herbs people carried to dispel the disease’s smell. And the ashes were a nod to the cremation of the plague’s victims in yet another example that every nursery rhyme is actually a way bringing up death to a three-year-old. But “Nursery Rhyme Experts” (an admittedly low-paying profession) say the rhyme came out long after the plague and the symptoms mentioned in it do not match those of the illness. And so this poem may in truth simply be about endless twirling, a popular pastime in the Middle Ages given that there was no internet, widespread literacy or any other reason to get out of bed except to toil and die.

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