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January 14, 2010


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Well, Becky, here's how I learned it as a child quite a few decades ago:

One bright day in the middle of the night
Two dead boys got up to fight
Back to back they faced each other
Drew their swords and shot each other.
A deaf policeman heard the noise
And came to save the two dead boys.
If you don't believe me, _________,
Ask the blind man: he saw it all!

Sorry -- I just can't remember that one half line! And I'm sure there are plenty of variations of the piece, that being the nature of these things.

Nancy Larkin
Camarillo, California


See http://www.emule.com/2poetry/phorum/read.php?7,153336 for more versions, some of them quite lengthy :-)

Rebecca Rule

Thank you, Nancy! It's funny how these poems stick with us, and take various forms over the years. I'm also wicked pleased that you're reading this blog all the way out in California! Too bad you're missing our lovely January freeze.

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    Rebecca Rule, author of Live Free and Eat Pie: A Storyteller’s Guide to New Hampshire, spends a lot of time on the road, traveling to her performances throughout the Granite State and beyond. She loves her home state, meeting lots of great people and visiting both new and familiar places. She shares stories that she finds with her this blog. So please "join" her on the road and check back often.

About Becky

  • Becky has lived all her life (so far) in New Hampshire. She has written several other popular books set in her home state, including "The Best Revenge," a collection of short stories that was named one of the five Essential New Hampshire Books by New Hampshire Magazine, and "Could Have Been Worse: True Stories, Embellishments and Outright Lies." However, she is probably best known for her live storytelling events, many sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

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