The Queen of Hearts (IBMC 8/10)

The original 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.

Okay… wait, wait, wait… First I have to confess that nursery rhymes are nothing I grew up with. So, first thing I did, I searched the Internet for some examples. I stumbled upon the nursery rhyme above and somehow liked it. Maybe, because I like Alice in Wonderland, and the Queen of Hearts reminded me of the story. But as I reread the rhyme I was wondering: what does it actually refer to? What are the “tarts”? I mean, of course, metaphorically, for I know what tarts are… Then I wondered: what if this rhyme implies an affair between the queen and the knave. The king comes to know of it and punishes the knave in a way he won’t be able to indulge in this affair ever again.

Pshaw! I don’t like the idea of violence. That’s why I decided to rewrite this rhyme. Giving it a more… mature and reasonable solution:

The Queen of Hearts she seduced men to fall in love with her.
The Knave of Hearts was one of them, but such an amateur.
The King of Hearts saw through their game, yet chose not to enforce
the Knave of Hearts to leave his wife, he just filed for divorce.




2 thoughts on “The Queen of Hearts (IBMC 8/10)

  1. dmc0420 says:

    I love it. Not sure we’re ready to make divorce seem like just another day to the kids whom we sing
    to. There’s still hope for Love and Marriage to reunite and “live happily ever after.”

    Liked by 1 person

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