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Little Jack Horror: A Horribly Twisted Nursery Rhyme

Chris has written poetry for 28 years though he focuses on short fiction. But watch out for the occasional twisted nursery rhyme.

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Author's Note

Yes, I've been playing with nursery rhymes again, twisting them this way and that way until I get an interesting perversion of the original tale. For the second time, maybe the third, I've chosen Little Jack Horner. He is easy to pick on. He takes it so well. So here he is, not a little boy at all, but an evil imp.

Little Jack Horror

Little Jack Horror

Crouched in the dormer

Of a mansion perched on a hill.

With lightning’s first strike,

The Townspeople took flight

While Jack teetered with glee on the sill.


Billy and Milly Fair

Climbed the hill’s stairs

To find a shelter dry.

They knocked on the door.

Their hope growing poor

That tales of the mansion were lies.

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Little Jack Horror

In a dark corner

Waved his hand through the air.

Of its own accord

Open swung the door

Revealing the terrified pair.

They fled from the downpour,

Onto the dry floor

To find the manor grand.

A glass chandelier

Showed a room *in-austere,

And their host, a tall, handsome man.

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“Welcome, friends of mine,”

It's time to dine.”

Then they spied Jack horror.

“Kick him aside,”

Their dapper guide cried,

“Down the length of the corridor.”

They sat down to eat,

And cut tender meat

While Jack ran under their chairs.

They kicked and kicked,

But Jack was so quick.

He dodged not one but the pair.

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As Jack fled the room

Upon a maids broom.

He grabbed each youth by the hair

They flew out a window,

Soared over a willow,

And off toward the imp’s summer lair.

The moral is this,

If such you insist,

When an imp spoils your date.

Young lad, kick thrice,

And deliver your prize

To her father who is waiting up late.

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*in-austere. My word meaning elaborate, elegant.


© 2020 Chris Mills

Comments

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 23, 2020:

Liz, inventive and slightly twisted, but thank you for your support.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 23, 2020:

This is an inventive spin on the original.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 20, 2020:

Dora, don't stop. You were just getting warmed up. I could feel it. haha, thank you. Stay tuned for more.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 20, 2020:

Manatita, Speaking of keeping it light, I'm thinking about an ode to toilet paper. hmmm.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 20, 2020:

Manatita, Speaking of keeping it light, I'm thinking about an ode to toilet paper. hmmm.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 20, 2020:

Linda, I think you are right. A little distraction and entertainment might give our minds a needed break.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 20, 2020:

Totally enjoyable! What a creative mind your have, and your poetic skill is impressive!

manatita44 from london on March 19, 2020:

Anything light is a great help at this time and so kudos to you, Bro. How are you coping? Enough food in the house?

Your church/cathedral would make a great ghost or mystery tale and your chandelier is magical! Peace!

Linda Courtney from Bloomsburg, PA on March 19, 2020:

Loved it. Keep up the writing. We could all use the entertainment nowadays.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 18, 2020:

Chris,

Here is the link to my page where I shared this one.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=127161...

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 18, 2020:

Chris,

I would be honored.

You may share my work to your page.

I also have a page on Facebook where I post my writing.

If you could link this one

https://www.facebook.com/brendajarledge/

Or my Hubpages page I would appreciate.

Thank you.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 18, 2020:

Brenda, Ok, so I posted it on my FB page a little early. Sorry, I wanted to catch people before they went to bed.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 18, 2020:

Brenda, I am happy to give you permission to use any of my writings from HP on your page, on one condition...That I can use your poem, A Wake for One, on my Face Book page. Thank you for your comment. It is special. https://www.facebook.com/cam8510/

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 18, 2020:

Chris,

This is enjoyable. I needed something like this today.

Thank you for sharing.

May i share some of your work on my page?https://www.facebook.com/poetswithavoice/

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 18, 2020:

John, I was so bored, I just started playing. Poor Jack. I've picked on him about three times now. But he is such a tempting target for me. Am I a cyber bully? Thanks for visiting my friend.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 18, 2020:

Chris, I love twisted tales and this was a fun read. Thanks.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 18, 2020:

Ivana, thank you for visiting my hub. I appreciate the comment.

Ivana Divac from Serbia on March 18, 2020:

I love everything about this. So captivating!

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 18, 2020:

Ruby, hmmm, The Three Little Pigs. I'll have to give that a little thought. Thanks for the idea.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 18, 2020:

Pamela, thank you. It was fun for me to write it too.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 18, 2020:

Shauna, I've done a number of nursery rhyme based stories/poems. When I get bored and just want to have fun writing, I try this kind of thing. Thanks for visiting.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 18, 2020:

Bill, Yes sir, you do your share of twisting in stories. Thanks for the visit.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 18, 2020:

bhattuc, thank you very much.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 18, 2020:

A twisted tale for sure. Your imagination knows no boundaries. What about The Three Little Piggy's?

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 18, 2020:

This is a good, but definitely twisted tale. I like your poem, the rhyming of the verses and the crazy story it tells.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 18, 2020:

I love this, Chris. The rhyme and flow is very sing-songy - as it should be! I was waiting for Jack to start chomping on the kids legs under the table. I wasn't expecting the ending, but really love it. There's a message in there to young teenagers embarking upon the world of dating. Always make sure you get your girl home by the curfew!

This was fun. I'd like to see more.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 18, 2020:

Horribly twisted is right in my wheelhouse. Loved every syllable of this one. :)

bhattuc on March 18, 2020:

Well conceived. Nice presentation.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 17, 2020:

Paula, hahahaha, I know it isn't a horror story. He probably flew off with the two youngsters to have a pizza party and then fly them home. It is fun to play with these stories. No, don't let your 40 year old sons sit on your lap. You could end up in the Emergancy Room.

Suzie from Carson City on March 17, 2020:

Hi Chris....Time to visit you again....You know when my boys were little there were Nursery Rhymes I thought were too horrid to read to them. I know they were meant for children, but even as an adult I thought some of them were pretty freaky "nightmare" stuff! LOL Small children are so very sensitive to every word we say.....

This poem of yours is actually a sweet one.....Jack isn't such a "horror" but really a harmless "imp." I'd read this one to my kids but since they're in their 40's, I suppose it's a bit late?? Probably not a good idea to let the big bruisers sit on my lap either!! LOL

You always entertain us, Chris. Cheers, Paula

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 17, 2020:

Kyler, thanks for stopping by to read this little story of mine, and I appreciate the comment as well.

Kyler J Falk from California on March 17, 2020:

This reminds me of the "Macfarlane Twisted Fairy Tale Figures" that I used to collect. I really got a kick out of this! Totally entertaining!