Gene Moutoux's Poetry
Jack and the Beanstalk
See Jack, an enterprising son. See Mom, a martinet.
See Jack sell Bossy, their fat cow, on the Internet.
See Mom find out what Jack has done; she does make quite a scene,
For she’s incensed that Jack has sold their Bossy for a bean.
To placate Mom, Jack takes her hand and says, "O Mama mia,
This bean is not so ludicrous ; it is a panacea."
Jack plants the bean and waters it and waits till, by and by,
A lone prodigious beanstalk grows, that stretches to the sky.
Intrepidly Jack climbs the stalk and finds creation’s dregs:
The giant rogue who stole the goose that laid the golden eggs.
Obsequiously pandering to the giant’s pride,
With nebulous morality, he takes him for a ride,
Regales the rogue with maudlin tales (for giant ears revised),
Whose moral is: Release the goose or else be ostracized.
See Jack get back the magic goose and leave without a fuss.
See Jack go home to Mom, who says, "You are a genius."
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