Nursery Rhymes, Revised

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep
and doesn't know where to find them.
They're in a sprayed field.
Their fate has been sealed.
Bo-peep will never find them.

Mary Mary quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With chemical smells
From sprayed silverbells
And with WARNING signs all in a row?

Jack Sprat, he found a Rat.
His wife thought it unclean.
She found some Raid,
with which she sprayed.
Now the Sprats no more are seen.

Little Jack Horner
sat in a corner
eating his Birthday Pie.
He put in his thumb
and pulled out a plum
and said,
I wonder how many
pesticides have I?

Simple Simon
met a pieman,
going to the fair
Said Simple Simon
to the pieman,
"What's inside
of there?"
Said the pieman
to Simple Simon,
"Pesticides a plenty,"
Said Simple Simon
to the pieman,
"Indeed, I don't
want any."

Peter Peter,
avid DEET-er,
has a wife
and likes to keep her
free of 'squitos,
fleas and flies,
and wonders why
his puppy dies.

Sing a song of pesticides,
a pocketful of dyes,
Four and twenty chemicals
baked up inside.
When the pie was opened
the birds began to cry,
"Who has added these poisons
to our precious food supply?"

Sing a song of pesticides,
a pocketful of lies,
Four and twenty chemicals
baked up inside.
When the pie was opened
the birds forgot to sing.
Didn't Rachel Carson warn you
about a Silent Spring?

Poem Ideas by Maeve Ward, Ellie Goldberg, Sasha Goldberg, Maggie Cooper