Ten Little Indians

Ten little Indian boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Indian boys sat up very late;

One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Indian boys traveling in Devon;
One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks;

One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six little Indian boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little Indian boys going in for law,

One got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four little Indian boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo;

A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun;
On got frizzled up and then there was one.
One little Indian boy left all alone;
He went and hanged himself and then there were none.

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Linda Adams 30 December 2018

After reading Ten Little Indians, I got the impression that the writer had no intention of rhyming. Not all poems needs to rhyme to be a poem. I believe he simply wanted to complete a classroom assignment before his class started. Been there, done that. My College poem, although never published, was called Red Face. It was very clever, just like Ten Little Indians.

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Lloyd Rain 05 November 2018

This is one of he worst poems I've ever read. Its English is terrible, its rhyming is awkward, its story is just plain stupid, there's no cohesion within the story line, and worst of all, its a bigoted piece of. Do we really teach this crap to or children? Even if you change the word Indians to Soldiers, the thing is still junk.

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