Posted by: kitkat | June 6, 2008

Poetry Friday – There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

From the Book: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
by: Simms Taback
WOW. It turns out we only have a story time edition of this book. I’ll order a copy that can go out to all of you. 🙂

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
I don’t why she swallowed that fly,
Perhaps she’ll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don’t why she swallowed that fly –
Perhaps she’ll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a bird;
How absurd! She swallowed a bird!
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don’t why she swallowed that fly –
Perhaps she’ll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a cat.
Imagine that! She swallowed a cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird …
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don’t why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she’ll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a dog.
She went whole hog to swallow the dog!
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat…
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird …
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don’t why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she’ll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a cow.
I don’t know how she swallowed a cow!
She swallowed the cow to catch the dog…
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat…
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird …
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don’t why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she’ll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a horse –
She died, of course.

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