Our A to Z Poetry Challenge today is to a create a Cento or patchwork poem by borrowing lines from other poets. Though poets often borrow lines from other writers and mix them in with their own, a true cento is composed entirely of lines from other sources. Well, my poem is not a true cento, but I did borrow 🙂 Thanks to Rena Traxel for organizing this challenge, and providing the photo for today’s prompt.
A Castle’s A Place Where Things Are Perplexing
A castle’s a place where things are perplexing,
Seriously twisted, and certainly vexing.
I’ll share why I think this, and please, read along.
Just look at what happens that’s royally wrong.
A chorus of black birds baked up in a pie
Dare make a maid tell her smeller, “Good-bye.”
An old king named Cole is a jolly ol’ soul,
But can’t keep his pipe-smoking under control.
Then over in London, a mouse-frightened queen
Keeps folks a-wonderin’ where pussy cat’s been.
And who leaves an egg on a brick, castle wall?
You’d think that they’d know Humpty Dumpty would sprawl.
So if my folks say, “Hey! A place with a moat!”
I’ll pass on the castle. That’s my final vote.
26 thoughts on “A to Z Poetry Challenge Day 3: A Castle’s A Place Where Things Are Perplexing”
This was cunning, Penny, I think kids would love to spot what they know in this one! Super!
Thanks for reading my poem. It would be fun to see what kids would recognize.I have heard that nursery rhymes aren’t being taught as a general rule. My hope is that they will continue to live forever. They are just a part of childhood 🙂
This was superb! Research is proving that nursery rhymes gave a much broader and deeper engagement in expressive language development and emergent reading skills. They’re only now making a comeback. I, for one, am pretty glad about it. Again, this was great! What a fun read!
Thanks, Pam…I wish you were a publisher 🙂 Seriously, I’m thrilled when a reader likes my work. You have made my day with your kind words.
I am new to the blogosphere/kidslitosphere, but “met” you at MM Poetry. Don’t we all love what Ed did? I love your Castle poem, it is really good! I will share it with my students. I, too, am a recently retired teacher, though I am venturing into the “consulting” world. I am known locally as “the poetry teacher” so am thriving “here ” during April. One thing of note is that my mother, a poetry lover, had me reciting all the nursery rhymes by the time I was 20 months old (the first child and an early talker). Hence I was an early reader, too. Do you know Tim Rasinski’s work with using poetry to help with reading fluency? There is a lot to show it has great merit. There can’t be too many poetry lovers, right? Again, I love your poems for A to Z. The brain poem is very clever. You are a good wordsmith. I hope to get a blog going! Will you be at IRA in Chicago?
I’m so glad that your dropped by. I did love Ed’s March Madness. I hope he makes it an annual affair! I am not familiar with Tim Rasinski’s work. It sounds really interesting, though. I know what you mean by thriving. This has been unbelievable. So much poetry!!! And I know I’m missing a lot of it. There’s no way to know about, or read it all.
I will not be in Chicago at IRA.
Again, thanks for dropping by. Please, come back 🙂
Pam I would love to know about the research on this. Do you have any links? Thanks from a poetry loving teacher!
What a fun idea! It made a cool poem too! 🙂
Thanks for reading my poems, Erik! It is a very cool idea. Lori Degman and Catherine Johnson wrote true centos and the way they came together is just amazing. In case you want to read….here are the links.
Here is Lori’s
Here is Catherine’s
Thanks! I saw Ms. Johnsons – but I’ll check out the other!
Yes, this is very clever, I love how you have combined some well known nursery rhymes. I am going to love popping back here.
Please do pop back. I’m having fun with this!
I loved how you incorporated all of the old nursery rhymes–how clever! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by Natalie! I typed in castle terms in google and one of the first hits was nursery rhymes. When I read Sing a Song of Sixpence, I thought….this is royally wrong :•) I hadn’t thought of them in that way before. Then my thoughts took off!
Very clever getting all those nursery rhymes in Penny. Love this. I’m impressed you can think up Children’s ones every time. I must think kids tomorrow.
Don’t be too impressed…that’s as far as my vocabulary goes :•)
Really, really clever, Penny!
Thanks, Lori! I loved your two centos….now that was clever!
I second Jennifer, you are creative!
Also your poem is brilliant.
I love seconds! Thanks a bunch!
My goodness, Penny, you just keep impressing me. I knew I was going to like this as soon as I read the title in my email notification. So happy to see your poems on the blog! 🙂
I’m happy, too. It’s such a free feeling…expressing myself this way! LOL
Penny, I loved it. You are so creative!! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and reading my post!
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