Auditing a Nursery Rhyme

We have all learnt many nursery rhymes in our childhood, when those small poems would transport us to a whole new world where there would be an old Mc’Donald with his farm and many animals, A hot cross bun seller, A mouse climbing up a clock or a little Mary with her lamb.

I was always fascinated to peek through these small poems which would open up something new every time. Now IBMC #08 called ‘The Nursery Rhyme Challenge‘made me revisit all those nursery rhymes again, the way I used to see them and many queries my inquisitive mind used to have. This challenge needs me to pick up one such rhyme and make a new interpretation of it.

I went a lot of them all over again, some by memory and some through google.The rhyme which brought back many memories was ‘Humpty-Dumpty’and I knew this was the one I was doing a post about!

And because we are now going to be transported into nursery all over again, don’t forget to be a bit crazy, because nursery is nothing but fun! 😜

Here’s how it goes:


Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,

All the kings horses and all the kings men,

Couldn’t put Humpty together again!

What I used to think back in nursery:

1. Why can’t so many strong people pick up a fallen person?

Weird, right? How would the poor man keep lying over there!

2. Why does he fall in the first place?

I was reasoned that he was fat. And therefore, I should keep a watch on my weight as well..see what happens otherwise? 😯

I remember mulling over this poem, sitting alone in the late afternoons when mum used to sleep and I used to have a whole house to explore on my own! Well, I expressly remember not quite agreeing with this logic…but then the teacher couldn’t be wrong.. Could she?

3. What was so funny in a person falling?

The class used to burst out laughing at him, when the poor guy could be hurt!

4. Why would he sit on a wall?

Now I think, how did this ‘fat’ man climb up in the first place! See? there are serious flaws. 😜 

5. Most importantly, does a normal man look like that? No hair, a strange oval face and the like?

He looks more like an egg than a supposed fat man 😜
Well, my old interpretation(taught to me) and the one question which used to bug me has given a new context to this rhyme as follows:

All for an Egg

Humpty Dumpty was a cute little egg, who was made to sit on the brim of a frying pan.( Quite forcefully, in the sense he was picked up and kept there). And soon, he fell down(or maybe ‘pushed’ down after hitting him hard on the brim) and broke his crown (or shell) and all the kings horses and all the kings men, couldn’t put Humpty together again!  Why? The poached egg was too yummy to resist! (Or maybe because an egg once broken remains broken)

I hope you enjoyed the humorous minute audit I did of this lovely rhyme. Thus, the task is complete and here I present the completion logo:

No more just a rhyme!



  1. Prakash Hegade · September 1, 2016

    When I was doing this prompt, I had browsed over a lot of rhymes and enjoyed reading them. It was all going back to Nursery days. I can guess that it happened to you too! 🙂

    The new take and interpretation with eggs is awesome! That’s a lovely metaphor to attach. 🙂 yayy!

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    • Hargun Wahi · September 1, 2016

      Yes, I surely went down the memory lane. Nursery and kindergarten both 😛
      The eggs should have a poem dedicated to them 😜
      Glad you liked it. Thanks a lot!

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      • Prakash Hegade · September 1, 2016

        Nice to hear that! Those definitely were the zero-worry happy days.. 🙂

        They should be! Pleasure!

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  2. Sunaina Bhatia · September 1, 2016

    Yes, an egg once broken remains broken…! LOL….

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hargun Wahi · September 1, 2016

      Glad it could bring a smile !
      Thanks a lot!


  3. Somali K Chakrabarti · September 18, 2016

    Ha ha …you were quite a thoughtful child, who raised so many relevant questions. Loved your interpretation of the rhyme too. 🙂

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  4. WittyAyJ · March 14, 2017

    hehe…its a very funny take…i wonder how i was just by-hearting in childhood….you can write many blogs so comicly if you just continue trolling more old poems 😛

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hargun Wahi · March 14, 2017

      Lol…I did not mean to troll was just a new take on the classic old poem..
      Glad you like it. Thanks a lot!

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