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    Poems for your kids

    Poems, written or on video for your kids.

    To start, the maestro,

    "Red Riding Hood and the Wolf" by Roald Dahl




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    You Are Old, Father William
    ~Lewis Carroll
    "You are old, Father William," the young man said,
    "And your hair has become very white;
    And yet you incessantly stand on your head-
    Do you think, at your age age, it is right?"
    "In my youth," Father William replied to his son,
    "I feared it might injure the brain;
    But, now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
    Why, I do it again and again."
    "You are old," said the youth, " as I mentioned before,
    And have grown most uncommonly fat;
    Yet you turned a back somersault in at the door-
    Pray, what is the reason of that?"
    "In my youth," said the sage, as he shook his grey locks,
    "I kept all my limbs very supple
    By the use of this ointment-one shilling the box-
    Allow me to sell you a couple?"
    "You are old," said the youth, " and your jaws are too weak
    For anything tougher than suet;
    Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the back-
    Pray, how did you manage to do it?"
    "In my youth," said his father, "I took to the law,
    And argued each case with my wife;
    And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw,
    Has lasted the rest of my life."
    "You are old," said the youth, "one would hardly suppose
    That your eye was steady as ever;
    Yet, you balanced an eel on the end of your nose-
    What made you so awfully clever?"
    "I have answered three questions, and that is enough,"
    Said his father. "Don't give yourself airs!
    Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
    Be off, or I'll kick you downstairs!"

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    The Owl and the Pussy Cat
    Edward Lear


    The Owl and the Pussy Cat went to sea
    In a beautiful pea-green boat,
    They took some honey, and plenty of money
    Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
    The Owl looked up to the stars above,
    And sang to a small guitar,
    "O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love,
    What a beautiful Pussy you are,
    You are,
    You are!
    What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

    Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl!
    How charmingly sweet you sing!
    O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
    But what shall we do for a ring?"
    They sailed away, for a year and a day,
    To the land where the Bong-tree grows
    And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
    With a ring at the end of his nose,
    His nose,
    His nose,
    With a ring at the end of his nose.

    "Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
    Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."
    So they took it away, and were married next day
    By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
    They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
    Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
    And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
    They danced by the light of the moon,
    The moon,
    The moon,
    They danced by the light of the moon.

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    MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
    AND IT WAS ALWAYS GRUNTING
    SO SHE TIED IT TO THE FRONT GATE
    AND KICKED ITS LITTLE C#[at]T IN..

    my daughter always liked that one

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    Why does a childrens poetry corner have to sink to such lows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nawty
    Why does a childrens poetry corner have to sink to such lows.
    It started of with the best intentions, but then most things do.

    Never mind, perseverance furthers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nedwalk View Post
    MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
    AND IT WAS ALWAYS GRUNTING
    SO SHE TIED IT TO THE FRONT GATE
    AND KICKED ITS LITTLE C#[at]T IN..

    my daughter always liked that one
    MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB:
    IT'S FLEECE WAS BLACK AS CHARCOAL....
    EVERYWHERE THAT MARY WENT,
    SPARKS SHOT OT IT'S ARSEHOLE!

    just love mary and her lamb.
    here's another old one:

    MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB,
    SHE ALSO HAD A DUCK
    SHE PUT THEM ON THE MANTLEPIECE, TO SEE IF THE WOULD
    fall off.


    MARY HAD A LITTLE DRESS, TORN ALMOST IN HALF
    ..AND EVERYWHERE THAT MARY WENT,
    ONE COULD SEE HER CALF!
    SHE ALSO HAD ANOTHER DRESS, TORN RIGHT UP THE FRONT:



    ....but she never wore that one.
    brrrzzzzt, brrrzzzt!
    beep!. ting, ting
    redirecting, please be patient..........:

    hello, insect!
    brrrzzzt, brrrzzzt..................

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    ^^ clever stuff. Racist, good to see you're extending you literary talent.

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    Hoggledy poggledy piggledy dee,
    the square root of 4 plus a 1 makes a 3.
    Higgledy piggledy poggledy dar,
    if you get drunk don't get in the car,
    Haggledy paggledy puggledy doe,
    why don't you walk, it's not far to go?
    Hoggledy poggledy paggledy diggledy,
    I'm orf to bed, so why do you question me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nawty
    Why does a childrens poetry corner have to sink to such lows.
    Hey. My kids loved Rocky and Bullwinkle and so did I. That's the beauty of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    Hey. My kids loved Rocky and Bullwinkle and so did I. That's the beauty of it.
    And kids I've taught for years have loved poems and particularly kids living in bilingual situations.

    Poetry is incredibly useful.

    It helps with rhythm, intonation, accentuation and a host of other linguistic skills.

    Plus its fun.

    To read and to write.

    Get your kids writing, reading or just inventing silly poems.

    It's a great game to play.

    Off soap box, drink beer..........

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    Gotta love Nedwalk and Tsicar...rattle snatchers.

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    I wrote this to my kids last night.

    You are too good for this world which is why I shall protect you from it in the only the way I can which is to inhibit your existence in the first place. Don't get off on at the wrong stop like I did.

    Sweet innit.

    I think I would enjoy being a father, it would make ME feel good. One could be the best dad in the world yet still be unable to protect our kids from all that is wrong and fucked up. I seriously believe that at a population of near 7bn, and with mankind the way it was a thousand years ago only worse (if your eyes are open) - then there's nothing to gain from fatherhood except occasional self satisfaction.

    If it happens by accident I will do my best and worry myself grey, but although I have entertained the idea, I would not knowingly create a new life and throw it into the backward mess which is humanity, simply because I was in a loving relationship (which I am) and at an age where I needed something different to do.

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    Scampy. Palms cannot get pregnant. Don't worry.

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    What if your child was the one that discovers how to save the world from itself ?

    Such a waste....seven billion people down the drain....all because of you !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nawty
    What if your child was the one that discovers how to save the world from itself ?
    What are the odds of that happening and why would you care anyway??

    Seriously, no disrespect to the parents out there - what's done is done, your intentions were good at the time and you all want the best for your kids, but do you ever look at your child playing having just taken a look around at the world with your eyes open and thought, "What have I done" ???

    Also, if creating your own product isn't a selfish act of self fulfillment and is sincerely about the enjoyment of raising a new life then why not adopt or foster one of the millions and millions of unwanted infant lives waiting to either die or be saved by somebody who doesn't need to look at his own genes to feel like a man?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gentleman Scamp
    Also, if creating your own product isn't a selfish act of self fulfillment and is sincerely about the enjoyment of raising a new life then why not adopt or foster one of the millions and millions of unwanted infant lives waiting to either die or be saved by somebody who doesn't need to look at his own genes to feel like a man?
    Wow....you really never do understand about being a Dad until you are...its just cruel beating yourself up over something you think you understand...but never will...until.

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    My imagination is good enough to get fairly close how how great it would feel on so many levels and in so many ways.

    My point is a controversial one, but it's valid enough to make this thread pause for thought because it's a hard one to argue against. I do hope that this time nobody gives it the old, "It's our duty to keep the human race alive" line, that's pretty lame.

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    are we back to Nawtys daughters bottom again ?

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    It's funny how fatherhood has become a kind of mystical experience the nature of which it is impossible to communicate or understand for the uninitiated. It seems to be something that happened within the last 40 years. Prior to that fatherhood was a fact of life and just something you got on with. A bit like your job.

    I would like to be involved in the rearing of a child. It would not have to be my own. In fact I think I would prefer if it was not. I would also not like to do it full time. I sometimes think separated parents have the best situation. Part time parenting and part time freedom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gentleman Scamp
    but it's valid enough to make this thread pause for thought.
    While everyone thinking to be a parent should pause for thought, not all parents should be parents, but then that is not a completely true concept either.

    I hated children prior to the birth of my son, children hated me also.

    Based on this, i should never have had kids. Luckily I did because the day he was born, there was a complete and utter 180 degree turn and I went from really not liking to hold or touch babies, to changing my sons nappy before he was even 12 hours old. At 7 days I was packing all the necessities for a few hours up the street alone, just him and me, having coffee and reading the paper while he slept on my chest in his pouch at streetside coffee shops.

    That kind of about turn and imagination does not exist until it actually happens I believe.....maybe just in my case, not sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Gentleman Scamp
    What are the odds of that happening and why would you care anyway??
    Small odds...but somebody has to win the lottery. I would care because my kids and their kids and probably more on down the line will be living in that world.....if you could save the world would you say 'ok lets do it'....or 'why should i care anyway' and do nothing ?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Gentleman Scamp
    Seriously, no disrespect to the parents out there - what's done is done, your intentions were good at the time and you all want the best for your kids, but do you ever look at your child playing having just taken a look around at the world with your eyes open and thought, "What have I done" ???
    No, I usually say....'look what i have done'...how could i make something so wonderful that will grow up and if everything goes right, they will be wonderful caring adults doing there bit and quite possibly more to help the world.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Gentleman Scamp
    Also, if creating your own product isn't a selfish act of self fulfillment and is sincerely about the enjoyment of raising a new life then why not adopt or foster one of the millions and millions of unwanted infant lives waiting to either die or be saved by somebody who doesn't need to look at his own genes to feel like a man?
    I just don't get that...how can it be a selfish act...I do not know any parents that had kids to be selfish. In fact if i wanted to be selfish, i would have stayed unkidded and spent my life with my wife with the great arse on beaches around the world...your priorities change for the better, hard to understand until you have them...this is one of the things you will never understand .....until !!

    It is a good point about adopting, but this is very personal, some can do it, others cannot....it is definitely not about looking at your own genes to make you feel like a man, that is just a ludicrous statement about the majority. I do not know 1 parent that would think like that....it is about the connection with your own flesh and blood and family and all the things you recognise in them from yourself, their mother and other family members and the blood connection that brings them close to you.

    Adoption is an excellent way.

    Moreso is the limiting of kids to fools that cannot look after them. Or families that have 9 or 12 kids and people in areas where they cannot afford to have kids, born into poverty and raised in it. Sure they should be able to enjoy children also....but it is about moderation and aware of your abilities to care for them also....not blindly humping and having a kid because of a fleeting moment, then raising them on a dumpsite.
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