'Roses are Red' Variations

This little piece of doggerel is among the oldest poem in English, dating at least from 1590. Over the years I have heard a few variations which have stayed with me. I offer these now for your enjoyment.

This variation comes from my mom, used during her school days in the mid 1950s:

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

You have a build

Like a B-52.

Clearly meant to be used by a 5th grader to insult the weight challenged. FYI, a B-52 is a large bomber still in limited use the US Air Force.

The next variation has arisen since the diagnosis of ADD. The poem is written as if an ADD child had written it.

Roses are red,

Violets are blue.

My grandmother likes peanut butter.

Did you see that chicken?

I needed several minutes to recover from laughter the first time I heard that one.

The final variation is my personal favorite. It seems to defy the intent of the poem.

Rose are red,

Violets are blue.

Some poems rhyme,

but this one doesn't.

Numerous other variations exist, with almost endless possibilities available by changing a word or two.

I sincerely hope your day has been lightened with laughter.

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rebekah hall 4 years ago

i really like them especially the one BOUT THE CHICKEN IT WAS CUTE MY PARENTS AND MY OLDER SISTER THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD ONE TOO.

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