Inventors

(Some of these short poems see Creation as if through a child’s eyes. Some of them suggest a more mature view of the Creator. A few of them even reflect the long perspective of age. Most are not intended to be Scriptural, sometimes not even spiritual. Yet they may give your spirits a lift: By the middle of the week, who doesn’t need a chuckle or a changed outlook?)
 
  INVENTORS
 
  §  “Wire briar limber lock . . .”
Why three in the flock?
“One flew east and one flew west . . .”
Why fly over the cuckoo’s nest?
 
  §  Who invented children’s games?
Who made the rules? Who chose the names?
What girl or boy (like solemn judge)
gave History a gentle nudge:
“It seems to me, I think it fit,
that one who tags should be called It?”
 
  §  What jump-rope genius thought (and said)
“Mustard!” or “Pepper!” (Black or Red)?
Who first yelled, “Red Rover, Red Rover!”?
If some other color, would none have come over?
Would “London Bridge is falling down!”
still work if in some other town?
 
 §   History tells us dates and names,
but not who invented children’s games. 
 
Copyright © 2016 by Perry Thomas
 
 
 
 

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