12 blackbirds sittin’ in a tree

12 black birds sittin’ in a tree…no that’s not right.
12 black birds, no
3 ravens sittin’ in a pie
feathers and all, definitely not tasty
3 ravens sittin’ in a tree
lookin’ through the window starin’ at me

let’s skip the ravens except that they can sit in the tree
the king is in his bath playing with his rubber duckie
the queen is in the counting house gathering money to go shopping
the princess is with the garden boy in the orchard trading kisses
first comes love
then comes the castle guards—the queen has seen and the garden boy
finds other employment

the princess is shown lovely staged portraits of all available princes
and told to choose
as she munches on tea cakes and drinks tea.

the queen never says a word of the incident to the king
because many things happen in the kingdom and in the castle
and the queen solves them quickly and painlessly
whereas the king would require the help of his cabinet.
the queen’s lover is on the cabinet and they walk the orchard
trading kisses (the princess learnt it somewhere)
and the queen would rather her husband and her lover meet
but rarely

an old tale

to finish:

a raven swoops down and snaps at the wash maid’s nose
and the queen would have dealt with the matter
but at that moment her daughter leapt up scattering
tartlet crumbs everywhere, crying “he, he is my true love”.

so the wash maid was taken before the king who was instantly
taken by her simple beauty and took her for a walk, let’s see,
what would be a secluded, yet lovely spot?

‘Would you care to see the orchards, my dear?’



  1. Sue said,

    January 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    This made me smile. I like your take on things 🙂

  2. cronelogical said,

    January 27, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Great fun, keep it up. Fran

  3. Sally said,

    January 27, 2010 at 2:31 am

    I had many pleasant pictures in my head while reading this, Sen. I like it very much.

  4. January 27, 2010 at 11:47 am

    great stuff. Reminded me of lots of nursery rhymes mixed with fairy tales – a wonderful mix

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