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Let me start by saying that you were an adorable child. However, your insistence on wearing that pink “frock” nearly every day that year was terribly misguided. In your defense, you were a child and therefore, stupid.

The reason I write to you now is to inform you of a certain discovery I made over coffee with friends last night. Yes, you have friends. You drink coffee. You stay out late at night.

Anyway, do you remember this rhyme?

Ringa Ringa Roses

Pocket full of poses

Husha Busha

We all fall down.

Yeah, so those kinda aren’t the words. You know, because they don’t make any sense. It’s been a long time coming but I finally decided to check what the real words were.

What I discovered was that not only are there several absurd versions, none of them make any more sense than the rubbish you were spouting.

Here they are:


A pocket full of posies;

Hush! hush! hush! hush!

We’re all tumbled down.

I guess that was what you were attempting to sing.

Round a ring of roses,

A bottle full of posie,

All the little girls in our town,

Ring for little Josie….

Then there’s this one which frankly, makes me a little afraid. Is a bottle full of posie a bottle full of poison and are the little girls trying to kill Josie?

Round a ring of roses,

Pots full of posies,

The one who stops last

Shall tell whom she loves best.

Given the last line of, I suppose it’s for those children slightly out of your age group. You should probably give this a miss. They didn’t bother to rhyme either.

A ring, a ring o’ roses,

A pocket full o’posies-

Atch chew! atch chew!

I feel like they just try hard enough on this one. And really, I don’t like what it would say about you. You have pollen allergies and yet you choose to walk around with a ring of roses and a pocket full of posies. That’s ridiculous – even for a 5-year-old.


Wir sind der Kinder dreien,

sitzen unter’m Hollerbusch

Und machen alle Huschhuschhusch!

This one is my favorite. It doesn’t make any more sense in English than the others but it is extremely fun to say and someday, many years from now, you will use it to convince unilingual people that you can speak German.

Good Luck!

P.S: The rest of school sucks but college is amazing. I suggest you don’t look forward to entering the workforce either – not great!

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