Tuesday, December 31, 2013

When Tomorrow Comes, Eat Carrots


Happy Random Passage of Time Holiday.   Just in case you made a New Year's resolution to eat more carrots, here are some helpful rhymes to inspire you.


At the Poetry Table, Younger Daughter wrote a limerickish ode to The Carrot. 

Carrot Limerick

A carrot grows in the ground,
And its meaning is not profound,
But it’s so very crunchy
And deliciously munchy
You’d always like one to be found.

This is not the only time our family has written hagiographically of the carrot.  Here are the results of a writing challenge in March 2012.  Please keep in mind that writing challenges are unpolished, and therefore the rhyme or meter may be a bit raw.  But raw is okay with carrots.

Challenge: Write a song about a carrot. 


Writer 1 wrote:

People, Look West
(to the tune of “People Look East,” a hymn)

Oh, Carrot, you are fine and green,
But only on your leafy sheen;
Beneath that you are bright and orange
And now I will eat you so I can flourish.

Refrain:
People look west and sing today.
Love the carrots are on the way!

I’ll chop you up and make some stew,
Or maybe I’ll just eat you
Raw without dressing, or maybe
I’ll put you in a chicken with gravy.

Refrain:
People look west and sing today.
Love the carrots are on the way!

Best choice of all is salad bowl,
Lettuce, carrots, I’m on a roll;
Celery, too, all put together,
Ready to eat it in all kinds of weather.

Refrain:
People look west and sing today.
Love the carrots are on the way!



Writer 2 wrote:
The regal, rootful carrot
Is a vegetable sublime.
Its orange root is tasty;
We’ll eat it anytime!

A carrot can be eaten
If washed and yet left raw
Or if you like, you cook it,
So it’s easier on your jaw.

It can be used in salads
Or Tsimmes (it’s Jewish)
But in a cake’s our favorite.
The carrot is delish.

Writer 3 wrote:

 (To the tune “Do You Hear the People Sing” from the musical “Les Miserables”)
Do you see the carrots grow
Sprouting their vitamin-rich roots
Careful when you walk around outside
Don’t crush them with your boots
Do you smell the healthy air
Say do you heard the kettle drums
We will be eating carrot soup
When tomorrow comes!

Will you help me till the soil
Who will stay strong and stand with me
We don’t want them all to spoil
For we want carrots to be
As orangey orange as carrots could possibly be

Do you see the carrots grow
Sprouting their vitamin-rich roots
Careful when you walk around outside
Don’t crush them with your boots
Do you smell the healthy air
Say do you heard the kettle drums
We will be eating carrot soup
When tomorrow comes!

3 comments:

smalltownme said...

From now on when I hear "Do You Hear the People Sing" I'm going to be thinking of carrots! Bravo!

The Crislers said...

I really *did* make a Not A Real Resolution to eat more carrots! I'll never be able to watch Les Mis the same way again. These were all so great.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

This is so Pablo Nerud-ian of you--ode to carrots. Lovely!