Mythical Moments

Mythical Moments

Cinderella met Goldilocks at a party held in a wood
There were three little pigs roasted on a spit
and pies for the guests’ delectation – at least the food was good.
Cats in variety, booted, smiling or not
stalked twenty-four blackbirds, escaped from a pot,
(Little Jack Horner was guilty of that)
Wicked witches  fraternised with giants in a corner
with a big bad wolf to keep them in order.
Young Jack, who  popped in disguised as a cow
was put on the barbecue, making a row.
I’m not really a cow, he yelled, but they took no notice.

Handsome princes eyed up the talent
for the chance of embarking on an affaire.
A mouse watched it all from under a chair.
Boy Blue and Jill  played musical chairs
and a naughty old man fell down the stairs
gleefully watched by little  Miss Muffet.
Bo Peep declined the invitation –
too busy seeking her sheep
(who were home all the time,
snug and warm at the farm )

Three bears’ hid behind trees – what a wheeze –
to see who they could spot,
taking notes for the scandal rags –
“The Tatler” or it might have been “Hello” –
to make themselves some serious dough.
The party was almost out of hand
when the Sandman came along,
to call for some hush
for Baby Bunting’s lullaby song.

And they all slept happily ever after.


I woke up in a silly mood to find the Napo prompt for day 2, talking about myths (but not the Graeco-Roman kind).  I mostly write poetry in bed in the mornings, but the prompts don’t pop up until later in the day, so I shall probably continue to be a day behind for the rest of April.


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22 Responses to Mythical Moments

  1. Tony Maude says:

    At the end of a difficult day, this was just the tonic I needed. Thanks for putting a laugh in my throat and a smile in my eyes, Viv.


  2. So much fun reading the responses to this prompt. Nice to have some sillyness once in a while! Loved this, Viv. I hear you about the time thing. I am ALWAYS behind, up here in the wilds of Canada.


  3. Glenn Buttkus says:

    How clever & intuitive you are, Viv; writing a superb tale of nonsensical whimsy without using nonsense words–& it is so much fun, it could have been a skit on SNL, or Pee Wee’s Playhouse def for sure. Isn’t it grand to let our hair down sometimes & leap-frog over reality, letting our inner child have its head?


  4. claudia says:

    oh what a tale… feeling sorry for the pigs and love how you wove such a lot of different characters into this….what a tale…


  5. tigerbrite says:

    Oh what a trip down memory lane and peep inside the toy cupboard. Such fun!


  6. I’ve always loved fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Read them to my kids. I’m afraid they aren’t as popular anymore.


  7. What an enjoyable tale, though I feel sorry for poor Jack and the pigs. Maybe the bears will make some serious dough out of that… certainly is a scoop..


  8. Hi Viv love how you incorporated all my favourite tales. Very well done.


  9. MarinaSofia says:

    Oh, those poor, silly three little pigs! What a creative way of repurposing all those nursery rhymes, though.I suppose Mother Hubbard was locked in her cupboard by her hungry dog, right?


  10. Viv, this is wonderful! Amusing and silly but clever. Poor Jack!


  11. colonialist says:

    Considerable fun!
    Where was Little Head Hiding Rude?


  12. Alice Keys says:

    I think you got everyone in this. I am amazed! The vegetarian part of me grimaced at the pig roast, though.


  13. This is so much fun, so clever. A much needed dose of silliness with a smile on the top!


  14. 1sojournal says:

    Oh, but Viv, your kind of silly is always a delight to read. And who cares which day and what prompt, as long as we are enjoying the journey?



  15. b_young says:

    Poor barbecued Jack!
    What a hoot, Viv. Much-enjoyed.


  16. Your silly mood brought delightful results!


  17. I enjoyed this very much Viv. Always attracted by myths and fairy stories, the kernel of truth of all times. Have you read Jack Zipes or any of the other commentators on fairy stories- fascinating. XX


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