Okonkwo Osamedua. Allen

Rookie - 67 Points (Lagos- Nigeria)

Hungry Pity Pete, Five Days Long - Poem by Okonkwo Osamedua. Allen

'Pity' Pete, as hungry as he can be
Shot a patridge on a pear tree
And took home the fowl to roast
With rum he bought for a toast
It was winter and Peter had no coat
Nor a cosy home, but a shant by the dry moat
On his right arm were woods for fire
And in his left bills of hungry looking Peter
With a ransom on him alive
To any who catches him before the guards arrive
For Pete at every christmas is a menace
That made his Majesty wear all day a grimace
'Tis'' said Pete, ' an excellent meal
For one lonely soul down the cold dale
The meat such a sweet delight
With fire and rum to keep me warm all night
Then by morrow, straight to the castle for mercy
Will i go before his Majesty'
But what had 'Pity Pete' done, if you may ask
That all, the king now must task
To bring him to face so cruel a book
For his deeds in every shady nook
Lo! On the fifth day to christmas, i was told
Did Pete stole five gold rings, which he sold
Two for a new pair of boot, and for firewood
The rest, traded he for rum and food
On the forth day, when farmers were on their beds
Went Pity Pete to steal their birds
And on the third day, stole he more french fowls
Amidst the famers mounting growls
That made the king on the second day
Summoned both lords and commons without delay
To vote what punishment they must dole
Yet, that day still, two turtle doves he stole
Then on the last day to christmas, hungry as he can be
Shot a patridge on a pear tree
That made the kids, every christmas sing this song-
Hungry Pity Pete, five days long
Stole five gold rings
Four famers birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves
And on christmas eve, shot he
A patridge on a pear tree!

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©Allen 2009

Comments about Hungry Pity Pete, Five Days Long by Okonkwo Osamedua. Allen

  • Bri Edwards (11/16/2012 6:10:00 PM)

    allen, i like this VERY MUCH. it is good i think that i am familiar with the
    12 days of christmas song, but i would like it nonetheless. i wonder what happened to peter.
    ever think of tackling all twelve days? ? oh yeah, i believe you mentioned farmer(s) three times but the last two times you left out one R. thanks for sharing. bri edwards i'll add your poem to mypoemlist.
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 11, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, October 12, 2012

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