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Zen 2nd Verses — An Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

Joseph Martin Kronheim (1810-)

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do.
She gave them some broth without any bread;
And whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

The ones in the basement banged on the pipes
The others made mischief under the covers

She called them all out, one by one
And life was better when she was done

When aligned they were a dynamic force
So, the old woman and shoe got a divorce

With no where to go and nothing to do
Now the old woman wanders the zoo.

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