Hey, Doodle, Doodle

Here’s a doodle ditty for Poetry Friday:

Hey, Doodle, Doodle

Hey, doodle, doodle, the sauce and the noodle,
The wolf howled up with a tune,
The little fish splashed to applaud such sound,
And the fork rode away by balloon.

© Karin Fisher-Golton, 2018

Back in February, in the thick of my poetry group’s poem-a-day project, I had the thought to take the familiar, pleasing sounds of a nursery rhyme into different, but related, directions. I like how this led me to look closely at where the silliness in the original has a sort of logic and where it sets logic free. Many of the words and images I chose in “Hey, Doodle, Doodle” are tributes to words in the original without using them directly.

If this notion inspires other poems, I’d love to see them . . . maybe there’s a “Hey, Dawdle, Dawdle,” a “Hey Dibbly, Dibbly,” or a “Hippity, Dippity, Clop” on its way into the world!

Perhaps because of the suggested full moon and the changing of personas, “Hey, Doodle, Doodle” seems fitting for Halloween week. May you and your families have fun at the edges of logic for Halloween!

For more Friday poems visit Kay McGriff’s A Journey Through the Pages blog, where she has a Poetry Friday linky and her own sweet sunrise poem.

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16 Responses to Hey, Doodle, Doodle

  1. Yael Golton says:

    Thank you. Short and sweet. Fits Halloween.


  2. jama says:

    Love it! Made me smile. Love the sounds and playfulness. There’s something about words with double o’s in them that really appeal to me. 🙂

  3. Lots of fun, Karin, especially the final image!

  4. Ha! Fun at the table. I like how complex the words are but how easy the beat is. This is perfect for a four year old having fun at meal time.

  5. lindabaie says:

    Ha! I like the beginning “doodles”. They made me look again because of course, I was expecting “diddles”. It is a delicious idea to make things go awry. I’m already wondering about “Hippity, Dippity, Clop”, Karin.

  6. Kay Mcgriff says:

    What fun! I may have to come back and take you up on your challenge.

  7. Carol says:

    I enjoyed this (and remember it from poem-a-day.) I love the image of the fork leaving by balloon. Such a great way to travel!

    • Thanks for stopping by here, Carol! I’m glad to know “Hey, Doodle, Doodle” stuck with you enough to remember it. I like the notion of a poem ending with an actual exit. And, as we know from “Hey, Diddle, Diddle,” exiting flatware is fun! : )

  8. Hey piggy wiggy,
    The dog ate a figgy,
    The cow sang a ditty or two,
    The little boy laughed to hear such noise,
    And the fork rowed away by canoe.

    That’s the best I could do in a minute! 😀

    • Wonderful! You got the most out of that minute! I love that the familiar characters appear, but doing novel activities. “Canoe” is such a great rhyme word for “two,” and the whole image makes me realize that a fork is shaped like an unworkable oar.

  9. laurashovan222 says:

    This is hilarious! From the first line, I was laughing and wondering what trouble the sauce and the noodle might get into.

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