Friday, January 14, 2011

Jack Attack: An Original Fairy Tale Poem

Here’s another poem about Jack and the Beanstalk from my unpublished collection Excerpts from the Fairy tale Files. I posted a different poem about Jack last month. You can read it here.


JACK ATTACK

Jack traded Milky White for beans.
His mother went ballistic.
She scolded him, “You numbskull,
Magic beans? Be realistic!
There’s no such thing as magic beans…
Or broccoli or peas!
Now all we have to eat tonight
Is this last ounce of cheese.

And don’t start spreading stories
Of a giant ten feet high
Who lives in some grand castle
In a kingdom in the sky.
Jack, go to bed without your meal…
And stop all this pretending.
You’d better pray this fairy tale
Will have a happy ending.”


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At Blue Rose Girls, I have Winter Wonderland: Original Snow Poems & Pictures

Laura Salas has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Writing the World for Kids.

5 comments:

david elzey said...

aw, no i feel sorry for jack! if those beans really weren't magic, he got taken and he probably feels awful for trying to do something good.

once again, nice work revisiting the fairy tales.

Mary Lee said...

Have you read HALF UPON A TIME by James Riley? Interesting new take on Jack and his fairy tale there, too! I can't wait for your collection to be published!!!

Doraine Bennett said...

Fun poem!

Amy LV said...

ballistic/realistic!
Elaine, you have a way of simply inhabiting all of these people with such great voices. Thank you for another delightful fairy tale gone haywire! A.

laurasalas said...

Fantabulous, Elaine, as always!

His mother went ballistic.
She scolded him, “You numbskull,
Magic beans? Be realistic!


Ha!