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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Jack and Jill, Then and Now

In 1978, at age 12, I wrote this:

Jack & Jill

Jack & Jill had a race up a hill 

to see what was in the water.

Jack said with a frown,

"My pants are coming down!"

and Jill was filled with laughter.

Today, as a less innocent and more cynical 45er, I wrote this:

Jack's Rude Awakening

"Hey Jack," said Jill. "I'm off the pill.

Just didn't wanna bother.

Get work, you clown!

Quit falling down

'Cuz soon you'll be a father."


  1. Very good for twelve years old! The second one is scary accurate though.

  2. Wow! Such talent, at such a young age. 45, i mean, of course.
    I lubs ya, girl.

  3. I prefer the old Jill who laughed at Jack's nekkid butt. The new Jill is too much of a fishwife for my liking.

  4. The one you wrote at age 12 has rather sinister undertones. What exactly was in that water?!?

  5. Strangely enough the second one is what happened with me. Well, I had a reason for going off the pill, but the result was the same.

  6. Jill number 2 is just so mean. But true none the less.

  7. I love the comparison between the first poem and the second Robyn, the second is actually true of what some poor guys do have to deal with actually.

  8. Jack and Jill went up the hill
    Jack's credit card was denied at Motel 6.

  9. Alex, yeah, it's pretty much your reality Tv script. Isn't it? Thanks.

    MsA, glad you like it!

    Dawn, I lubs ya for pointing out that (of course) 45 is the young age you're referencing. I REALLY lubs ya for that!

    GB, she is rather evil, to put it nicely. After all these decades, though, don't you think Jack should start growing up?

    Rosalind, you're right. I guess I always had a sinister streak. I'm kinda proud of that now, though would've denied it as a youth.

    Ruth, I hope he got work immediately.

    Pat, she's not the sweet Jill we thought she was. Is she?

    YW, I sincerely feel sorry for those guys. Whenever I see couples in which the man is clearly too good for the woman, I wanna kick her to the curb and step in. But I'm too sweet for that. =)

    Al, the guy's too naive. He believes Motel 6 is called Motel 6 because they still charge only $6 per night.

    You all make me laugh. Thank you!

  10. That was hilarious! Thanks for sharing. :)

  11. the second one has pretty much ruined by memories of the nursery rhyme as kid

  12. Wow! They grew up pretty cynical didn't they? That was funny though.

  13. LOL Funny. Quite a funny update. Can you do something with Diddle Diddle Dumpling My Son John.

  14. Christine, my pleasure. Thank you.

    David, you mean the original rhyme in which Jack incurs head injury is more pleasant than his impending fatherhood? Yeah, I see what you mean.

    Chuck, I guess the hill-fall-tumble activity didn't inspire a positive outlook. Being a klutzy cynic myself, I understand.

    Stephen, well, I'll have to give that one a go. He's the one shoe off, one shoe one boy, right?


  15. Yes he got a job. Surprising to many, I am sure, that we are still together.

  16. Even at 12 you knew about surprise endings! The second surprise is even better! Julie

  17. that was too funny, robyn! thank you:)

    big hugs!

  18. you are so funny!
    Still good after all those years...

  19. how true this is! Very accurate and funny take on Jack and Jill