Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Mother Goose

"Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery - it's the sincerest
form of learning."— George Bernard Shaw

Welcome to Day 13 of FEET IN THE CREEK. 

Week 2 Poets:
April 8: Janet Wong
April 9: George Ella Lyon
April 10: Bobbi Katz
April 11: Nikki Giovanni

For each day I have chosen a favorite poem, a favorite poet, or a favorite friend. I will look at the work, decide what draws me to it, what makes it resonate for me, and then write my own poem about the creek with those techniques in mind. These are first drafts, so nothing will be especially polished, but they will be starting points for revision after the month is done. Feel free to follow along or join in.

Today's poet is Mother Goose. She's been a standard for a long time. You might enjoy browsing through these very old Mother Goose collections. And some very new ones from Rosemary Wells, Jane Yolen,  and Marilyn Singer.

Jack Be Nimble

Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jump over
The candlestick.

My Intention: Write a quick verse using the rhythm of Jack Be Nimble.


Toad be nimble,
Toad be quick,
Toad jump high,
That's not a stick!

© Doraine Bennett, 2016. All rights reserved.


  1. The story behind your "Mother Goose" rhyme is fun, Doraine. So much said in so few words. I've been busy, & missed most of your poems, but do love the goal you've made.

  2. Thanks, Linda. We all must pick and choose in this poetic flurry!

  3. Cute, Dori! I can imagine the illustration that would go with this :-)