Monday, October 4, 2010

Don’t Care

Don’t Care

Don’t care didn’t care,
Don’t care was wild:
Don’t care stole plum and pear
Like any beggar’s child.

Don’t care was made to care,
Don’t care was hung:
Don’t care was put in a pot
And boiled till he was done.



Anon.


Another blast from the past.  It's got the brutality and morality of an old fairy tale, a very very short fairy tale, and I remember a certain grandmother having a particular fondness for the second verse.  It wasn't until later that I discovered there was a first verse to go with the second.  with it the poem makes somewhat more sense, and has a wonderful tone and gathering of rhythm that's kind of fun -- but mostly its great because now my children hate it almost as much as I did :)



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11 comments:

  1. It is brutal, isn't it? My mother often used the line "don't care was made to care" but not the rest: perhaps she didn't know it?

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    1. afaik it was a shortening commonly used to refer to the whole saying. almost used as a threat to children.

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  2. it was in a book I had as a present when I was a child, the book was called "The Ten Minute Story Book" . . .

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  3. I found it (most recently) in a purple book of children's poetry, I seem to remember it has a cauldron on the front - but "the ten minute story book" does ring a bell.

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  4. This little poem is currently the ring-tone on my phone, with my daughter and I taking turns to recite the lines in our best threatening tones.

    It's so over the top it's hilarious.

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    1. Not that over the top.
      Children were indeed hung for stealing food.
      Boiling alive however was a punishment reserved for poisoners.

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    2. Not that over the top.
      Children were indeed hung for stealing food.
      Boiling alive however was a punishment reserved for poisoners.

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    3. I remember it as:
      Don't care was made to care
      Don't care was spanked
      Don't care was put in a box
      and shook until he was franked.

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  5. Thanks for dropping by Penelope - Such a fun image - takes me back - reciting over the top poetry in the car. :)

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  7. the grammar is incorrect, it's hanged, not hung

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