No goose tale for council

The words, the rhymes, the rhythms of Mother Goose tales have been hallowed by time. They are among the first stories read to our children. Age may blunt a memory, but it can never erase Mother Goose!

Yet many of the tales leave their characters in awkward situations. Did the wife of Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater live forever in her pumpkin shell? What happened to Humpty Dumpty after neither the King’s horses nor the King’s men could repair him?

How would Mother Goose have handled the current Malibu political panorama? I know, Mother Goose would have theorized something like this.

Boogie, Malibu Council, dance up high!

Never mind, Council, Segel is by.

Swagger and frolic, frolic and crow,

There, Malibu Council, there you go!

Up to the wetlands, down to the ground,

Backwards and forwards, round and round;

Waltz, little Council and let Segel sing,

Election begets Van Horn, ding, ding, ding!

Oh Yes, Humpty Dumpty did get refurbished because

They called a doctor from the town

To come and fix poor Humpty’s crown.

He put a stitch in Humpty’s leg

And bandaged up poor old Humpty’s egg.

He used some tape and then some glue,

And Humpty’s now as good as new.

But alas there is no Mother Goose ending for the awkward situations the Malibu City Council keeps getting into.

And that is all I have to say (sure).

Tom Fakehany

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