Humpty: Egg Quadrille

Made of fabric but alive,

he thrived with the care

of a girl and a bear.

She held him tight–

against her face each night.

He comforted her, and spoke to us–

thus, she’s grown,

but he lives in our hearts and her home.

This is for dVerse, where Kim has asked us to write a quadrille using the prompt egg.




38 thoughts on “Humpty: Egg Quadrille

  1. So cute! When Ellen was a baby and my sister was doing her nursery nurse training, she made a baby’s sensory toy as a project, which she gave to me for Ellen. It was a fabric collage of Humpty Dumpty sitting on the wall. Each part of it had a different texture, even his silken red nose. We also have a giant Humpty at the library, which all the children love. Which is why I love your pictures and Humpty Quadrille, Merrill!

    • Found it, Kim! Thanks so much! That sounds like a great toy your sister made, and such lovely memories. We were always terrified that our older daughter would lose her Humpty and our younger daughter would lose her Ahh Bear, since they were unique. But both are still around!

  2. How precious to see Humpty snuggled in bed. I like to keep that nursery rhyme alive where I work with toddlers. I still have a Raggedy Ann doll tucked away.

    • Thank you, Mish. Of course, we couldn’t say this rhyme around “our” Humpty. Apparently it was about one of his ancestors. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think the photo of Humpty and Aah Bear tucked in was taken at an inn in Ocean City, NJ that we went to every summer for several years.

  3. Hi Merril! I did comment on your poem but it’s not showing. I wonder if it went to spam. The same thing has happened with comments made on other poets’ posts. I think there’s a gremlin on WordPress! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I love this poetic response and those daughters are precious!
    Humpty was a sweet egg, poor unbalanced guy! At least there were those in the kingdom who tried to help him after his fall! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฎ
    Six more posts to catch up and keep in touch with you!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

      • Humpty still lives with my older daughter. Apparently he’s busy writing a memoir. ๐Ÿ˜‰ At the dinner table when the girls were growing up, we heard about their day and then also about Humpty and Aah Bear’s day.

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