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Oranges and Lemons

Two sticks and an apple,Ring the bells at Whitechapel. Old Father Bald Pate,Ring the bells of Aldgate. Maids in white aprons,Ring the bells at Saint Catherine’s. Oranges and lemons,Say the bells of Saint Clement’s. You owe me five farthings,Say the bells of Saint Martin’s. When will you pay me?Say the bells of Old Bailey. When I grow rich,Say the bells …

Lovely Seal

Ging gang gong gongging gang gong gongglucked Lovely Seal as he bomped along. Two paws, pappety flap,slippery hopscotch, flappety plap!Pretty peeping puffin pals tag along. Seals live in the white worldwhere scoops of pearly ice cream growand polar bears, beluga whales, and moose belong. Lovely wants to breathe a songof frangipani, funfetti roll,sticky-poppy colours that play all day long. Ging …

Watching Mamma Apply Lipstick

I goggle at the looking glass,kid elbows out like I’m in classobserving mamma click and twisther lipstick case with soft cream wrist,and neatly write her royal red o’s,a biting heart of lipstick prose. I puff in perfumed powder potsof pink pressed chalk and pansy dropsas mamma’s strands of sprinkles chinkaround her neck. Two dolls, we prinkwith sippica pippica. Pucker and …

Recipe for a Green Pea Monster

[ingredients]We’ll need a tot turned six moons young,eight square milk teeth, a spry pink tongue,one bag of frozen garden peas,two whiffs of spice, three plops of cream. [method]We kiss our chick and tie his bibthen blend and blitz a snot ball dip.From ewwww-eey greens to clumpy pasteof vivid veg that’s sweet to taste. [serving]Long spoon go coax from blade to …