Adversary Rhymes (1, 2 and 3)

Michael Edwards





Twinkle twinkle little star

the sight I see is quite bizarre

nestling there against your thigh

like a sausage in a pie.



Hey diddle diddle

the cat’s on the fiddle

the cows gone down to the pub

the little boy smirked

when he found how it worked

and the plate's put the cup in the club.



It’s raining, it’s pouring

the old man’s performing

he patted her head and he took her to bed

and he never gave any forewarning.








  • Author: Michael Edwards (Offline Offline)
  • Published: December 5th, 2017 02:00
  • Comment from author about the poem: I've jut written a series of these for a bit of fun plus another of my watercolours.
  • Category: Unclassified
  • Views: 40
  • User favorite of this poem: Fay Slimm..


  • orchidee

    Ahh, this explains my swoons. I remember hearing nursery rhymes like this when I was young - and up to about age 18. lol.

    • Michael Edwards

      Gosh - you stopped young Orchi.

      • orchidee

        Yes I did - will anything stop my swooning?!

      • Mottakeenur Rehman

        Wow! Great!!

      • FredPeyer

        The watercolor is superb!
        Love all three of them. To me they also sound very 'British' (sausages in a pie? For real?, pub, and the never-ending rain!) Hey, I am not knocking it, just observing! 🙂

        • Michael Edwards

          Oh yes sausages in a pie - toad in the hole - British pubs - is the expression 'to put someone in the club' ( ie to make them pregnant) used in the States ? Thanks Fred.

          • FredPeyer

            Never heard it, but Hawaii IS different from the mainland. We have a lot of local expressions not used anywhere else. What can be heard sometimes if a woman is pregnant is: She has a bread in the oven.
            In Hawaii we have pidgin English, and we also use quite a few Hawaiian words in our everyday language. For example if you are finished with something, you say you are pau. A hole is a puka. We do not use north/south/east/west when giving directions. On Oahu south is diamond head, north is Ewa and instead of east/west we use mauka (Mountain side) and makai (Ocean side). With the exception of the middle of the island, where there are mountains on both sides, everywhere else things are either on the side of the ocean or on the side of the mountain.
            Language is such an interesting phenomena. And it changes all the time. Remember the 60's with expressions like 'groovy'? Now it is 'cool'.
            Same thing with Swiss German. We use a lot of French words, but pronounced in a German way.

          • 2 more comments

          • FineB

            Hi Michael,

            I loved these Adversary Rhymes.

            Naughty and ever so funny.

            Beautiful watercolour.

            Keep writing

          • myself and me

            Beautiful paint. Can not help laughing while read the poem.

          • Fay Slimm.

            Ah a clever alternative to the nursery rhymes Michael and reading them set me into giggle-fits - you are so clever at writing the slightly sensuous - - brilliantly presented watercolour too. Saved these little naughties to read again.

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