Poo-Sticks by Michael Healy


Poo-Sticks by Michael Healy

Remember: actions have their consequences

 

Mary Porter sat on the Bridge

Playing poosticks with Annie Ridge

Along came little Tommy Cotton

And pinched that Mary Porter’s bottom.

Mary jumped so very high

That all the poosticks they did fly

And looking up towards the sky

They hit young Tommy in the eye.

With one great yell he did leap                                    

And lost the balance on his feet,

Fell off the bridge, and with a scream,

Went kersplash into the stream.

 

Help me, help me! He did cry

Annie, on her feet, said “why”?

‘I cannot swim, I will drown!

‘Oh do not be a silly clown!

Said Mary feeling very cross

‘Drowning you would be no loss!

‘O Tommy you are such a fool

I know the water’s very cool

But why not stand up on your feet

The stream is only one foot deep.


Tommy to his feet did get

Truly he was very wet.

‘Get my poosticks’ came Mary’s shout

‘Before that stream you dare climb out!

‘We want to finish off our game!

Came Annie’s comment, just the same.

‘If you don’t, it is you we throw

Back in the water and watch you flow

Under the bridge and out the side,

All six feet long and three feet wide.

 

The moral of this story’s clear

Dear reader if you happen near                   

That little bridge across that stream

Where people by the side do lean

Watching poo-sticks in the flow

Gently bobbing under go,

That lesson must not be forgotten,

Do not pinch them on the bottom!             

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4 thoughts on “Poo-Sticks by Michael Healy

  1. This is a lovely, simple, innocent little story that immediately conjures up in my mind the image of summer sunshine filtering through trees that overhang a clear, peddle bottomed, stream that is perfect for racing poo sticks.
    Me thinks that perhaps little Tommy Cotton should have left the two girls to their game. His mischievous bottom pinching backfired on him and his ardour was certainly dampened!

  2. Lovely piece of childrens’ poetry, simple rhyming vowels convey the ‘fun & naughty’ aspect of it. Makes me think of the ‘Famous Five’.

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