The Tarts (and what really happened)

07 Jun

The Tarts (and what really happened)

According to the nursery rhyme

The Queen of Hearts,
She made some tarts,
All on a summer’s day;
The Knave of Hearts,
He stole the tarts,
And took them clean away.

The King of Hearts
Called for the tarts,
And beat the Knave full sore;
The Knave of Hearts
Brought back the tarts
And vowed He’d steal no more.

What really happened

The Queen of Hearts
She made some tarts
All on a hungry day.
She ate the tarts
and blamed the Knave
For taking them away.

The King of Hearts
Called for the tarts
And beat the Knave full sore
Then he took some cash
from the royal stash
sent Knave to get some more.

Next day the Queen
made tarts again,
this time the Knave was wise.
Surprised that Dame
to the kitchen came
in a King of Hearts disguise.

“Dear Queen of Hearts
my favorite tarts
I think it’s my lucky day!”
Then the Knave of Hearts
bagged up those tarts
and sneaked them throughout the day.

© 2012 by Violet Nesdoly

I wrote this poem during the November 2010 poem-a-day challenge. That month I used prompts from Robert Brewer at the Poetic Asides blog. The challenge was: “Write a ‘what really happened’ poem. Use a real event (or an event from a popular movie) and spin it in another direction.”

I present this poem to Poetry Friday, hosted this week by the foodie diva herself, Jama Rattigan at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.


Posted by on June 7, 2012 in Kids, Light, Poetry Friday


21 responses to “The Tarts (and what really happened)

  1. Renee LaTulippe

    June 8, 2012 at 3:40 am

    HAHA! Love it, Violet ! So fun and clever, and what a great writing prompt. I’ll have to try one of those. But not before I make some tarts…


    • vnesdoly

      June 8, 2012 at 7:46 am

      Yes, Renee, poetry is always improved by a full stomach (or the anticipation of one–especially when that filling will be chocolate, or tarts with something red inside).


  2. Tabatha

    June 8, 2012 at 3:57 am

    What a fun exercise, Violet! You picked a good “event” to work with — I’m glad things worked out for the knave (at least until the king caught up with him!).


    • vnesdoly

      June 8, 2012 at 7:45 am

      Yes, Tabatha, you have pulled at that loose end. Maybe someone wants to attempt another installment.


  3. jama

    June 8, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Love this, Violet — and great illustration to go with it! That knave . . . now I’m hungry for a strawberry tart.


    • vnesdoly

      June 8, 2012 at 7:44 am

      Well, now we’re starting to get even. I leave your blog hungry every time!


  4. delzey

    June 8, 2012 at 6:49 am

    and so no matter what, he was a trickstery knave all around. which, i suppose, is right. great “what really happened” event you’ve captured.


    • vnesdoly

      June 8, 2012 at 7:43 am

      Yes! Trickstery. We didn’t want him to lose his personality even when the ‘truth’ came out.


  5. Sally Bender

    June 8, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Such fun you must have had in writing that poem….it is a delight to read. I have read it over and over, out loud with laughter, despite being all alone in the house! Thanks so much for sharing your joy in the written word. Now I, too, am hungry for lunch.


    • vnesdoly

      June 8, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Why thank you Sally! I hope the walls laughed with you… now go eat 🙂


  6. haitiruth

    June 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    This poem is so much fun! Thanks for sharing it.


  7. LInda Baie (@LBaie)

    June 8, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Violet, my last day of school so finally am getting to everyone’s lovely shadings. This is so wonderful. First of all you wrote it so well that you make it look easy, so I want to try one too. And I will, someday, but I know that when something is cleverly done, it’s been hard work. Thank you for giving me a big smile.


  8. LInda Baie (@LBaie)

    June 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Sorry, above, meant to say ‘sharings’.


    • vnesdoly

      June 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you, Ruth, and Linda! At the end of a year of school, you’re allowed a typo or six, Linda. Big congrats for another year finished! I remember when (waaay back, before my kids) I taught and how euphoric I felt at the end of another year.


  9. Jone

    June 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    How fun. I wrote a poem a day in NOVEMBER 2010 and used the prompts from Robert Brewer too. What a connection.


    • vnesdoly

      June 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks Jone! You did? So you wrote a ‘what really happened’ poem too? I’d love to see it 🙂


  10. Mary Lee

    June 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Ooh! Gotta try the “what really happened” challenge!


    • vnesdoly

      June 9, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Oh yes, do! And post it some Poetry Friday.


  11. storygal

    June 10, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Enttertaining, Violet. A good chuckle for this morning. Thanks.


    • vnesdoly

      June 10, 2012 at 7:07 am

      Thanks for dropping by, Carolyn. And glad you enjoyed!



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