London Bridge

If you can wait for dolphins, you can surely wait for me.
See these embers on my curtains? They will burn, most certainly.
London Bridge is falling down
So let’s go to Chinatown

Wedge yourself a little deeper with elation in the seat;
Benedictions line the courtroom for the ones without deceit.
London Bridge is breaking up
Bitter coffee in your cup

Something horrid shines at twilight in the oak tree in the yard.
Nightfall comes—look, there’s the shining! O this creature’s eyes are hard!
London Bridge is passing by
Even ravens start to cry

There’s nothing like the fury of an ancient prophecy
To make your spirit soar on high, then plummet to the sea.
London Bridge has flown away
Come again another day


Poem © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Posted on February 24, 2019, in light verse, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Rhyming poetry, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. This made me smile a bit. London Bridge is now somewhere in Arizona, isn’t it? Amazing that they could move an entire bridge across the Atlantic.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Correct you are! London Bridge is in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. As I recall, it was dismantled, all the pieces were labeled, and then the puzzle was reassembled far from its original home.

      On Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 7:27 AM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  2. I love the poem! And am amazed to learn that about London Bridge. That seems like building a bridge the hard way. Wow.

  3. I do love how you have made the nursery rhymes be layered around the more sobering lines… a bit like a false comfort in a dark world.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      In this ever-darkening world, I’m afraid that a lot of comfort that comes our way is false.

      On Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 8:59 AM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:



    An adult nursery rhyme for these times with surprising details. Dolphins, burning curtains. London bridges is a good place to take off from.

  5. Interesting mix of rhymes and prose
    Thanks for dropping by my sumie Sunday


  6. “There’s nothing like the fury of an ancient prophecy to make your spirit soar on high, then plummet to the sea,” yes most definitely!!

  7. I don’t think you would see the ravens from London Bridge as Tower Bridge is closer as they are ensconced in the Tower of London with their wings clipped to ensure they remain there! The tradition is that the Kingdom will fall if the ravens leave! It is a tourist attraction and an insurance for Britain!

  8. London bridges falling down?
    NOT on my watch sunshine!

  9. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar

    I found myself singing the rhyme and then reading, singing, reading… it was really cool

  10. My favorite nursery rhymes are those that cover the blood and rot and horrors with sweetness. Your poem is a new favorite. Perfect tone and shape for the times. I can see those ravens, weeping… while pecking away.

  11. Another brilliant piece, not so light-hearted as it might seem.

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