Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Devil's Jar

Penny dreadful,
Penny bright -
a jingle in the devil's jar.
Penny jonesing for a ride.
The devil drives a big black car.

Find a Penny, pick her up.
Penny can go head or tail.
The devil has the damnedest luck.
Devil spends his Pennys well.

For Magaly's prompt at Real Toads

17 comments:

Susan said...

What a marvelous turn on the old saw, one I still follow religiously! And when my students (I've been retired four years now!) left pennies on the floor as worthless, I gathered quite a jar full.

Magaly Guerrero said...

The personification of Penny is just perfect. It makes the poem extra eerie... and a bit scary. I like it!

Debi Swim said...

Devil spends his Pennys well... oh how clever.

rhymeswithbug.com said...

suitably creepy ;-)

brudberg said...

A game never to be won.. A brilliant nursery rhyme.

Kim M. Russell said...

Nicely done!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Great play om the word 'penny'

(Penny Dreadful is one of my favourite series!)

hedgewitch said...

I find this dark and completely perfect--a child's horror rhyme, an adult's psychoanalyst's gold.

Fireblossom said...

I'm waiting for the Amber alert.

Stacie Eirich said...

Absolutely love Penny Dreadful and all things circa Victorian age children's lit-- this prompt has really brought out the most creative, inventive, fun words at Toads! Thanks for sharing.

Hannah said...

This has quite the ring to it...enjoyed, MZ!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh yes, I know. And the car is an E-type Jag.

Gillena Cox said...


Nice!!!

here's mine

much love...

Bekkie Sanchez said...

The devil is such a trickster and will always be a trouble maker. Penny for your thoughts?

Rommy said...

I love the clever word play on Penny here. There is so much implied here and so many questions brought up. A very intriguing piece that speaks to the loss of innocence and the opportunism of those who would steal it.

Susie Clevenger said...

Penny and the devil...what a match. Love this!

Mary said...

But the devil always gets his due!!