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In the Shoe

by Maryetta Ackenborn

Nursery rhyme of the old lady who lived in a shoe

Maryetta has
been writing for a number of years, mostly short stories.

The old woman scurried up to Alice and stared in her face. “Alice, what are you doing here? This isn’t your page!”

“I was just…fell asleep…” said Alice.

“I know. And just woke and found yourself here. Typical. Sammy, come back here, you’re not buttoned up. Janie, take Mikey and clean the toe. The boys have left it in a mess. Percy, put that book down and get ready for bed.” The old woman hurried back and forth, putting dozens of bowls on the rickety table.

“Alice, keep out of the way.”

“I’m trying to.”

“Willie, get down from those laces, you’ll fall! Mary, but those dishes in the sink. The baby’s crying. Alice, can’t you do anything?”

“Well, I…”

“The white rabbit isn’t here. Never been here. The mad hatter lives down the street there. Your friendly Cheshire Cat is up in that tree over there with…Wesley, get down from there! Leave the cat alone!”

As the old woman continued rushing back and forth, Alice noticed pleasant odors steaming from a huge pot on the stove.

“Alice, you can’t stay with us, there are too many children here already. I don’t know what to do! The twins are into the garbage. They're as bad as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Jerry, take care of them, will you? Sarah, quit trying to stretch the laces. You know it does no good. Jimmy, see to the broth on the stove, will you? Joyce, I want the insole swept before we eat.”

Turning to Alice, the old mother demanded, “There’s no bread. Do you have any?”

“No, I…”

“Well, they’ll all just have to have broth with no bread. Line up, everyone, you all get a whipping and to bed with you! You too, Alice.”

The old woman looked over at Alice and gasped. “Alice, no! Stay away from the looking glass! Alice, wait! Alice!”

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