Mistress Mary, quite contrary
How does your readership grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells,
An online presence
And tools of the dentist,
A whip of leather and a scarlet feather,
Relationship malfunction and a legal injunction,
And a book deal spot-on to go.
Liz Husebye Hartmann
(Don't know if I'd call this politically correct, but it seems as if ripped from the headlines...)
And the original rhyme, with equally insideous origins:Â Explanation of the nursery rhyme
Mary Mary quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row
Pam Brittain's Prompt: Take an old cartoon, child's story or nursery rhyme and make it politically correct (by today's standards). That, of course, means a complete re-write of the original.
Greg Schiller's Prompt: write about something that has gone out of fashion or expired. Use your imagination. This thing can be a person, an idea or a geological age
- Tell its story.
- Let it speak for its time.
- What did it replace?
- What replaced it?