hickety pickety

October 2nd, 2007

hickety pickety my black hen

she lays eggs for gentlemen

gentlemen come everyday

to see what my black hen doth lay.

hickety pickety

This is the first of a series I hope to do. Obviously it’s based on the nursery rhyme “Hickety Pickety.” Though I recently discovered that there are two more lines: Sometimes nine, Sometimes ten; Hickety Pickety my black hen. So I guess some eggs are in order. I’ve always liked nursery rhymes, but now that I say it, it sounds strange. My mother would read to me all the time when I was little–from the big, black and white checked Mother Goose book. And because my sisters are much older they had babies when I was the perfect babysitting age and so I read to my nieces and nephews from the same book. And then came high school and college and cigarettes and boys and I forgot completely. But having kids made me remember how lovely those short, little verses can be. They aren’t as intricately constructed as Lewis Carroll’s books and poems, though he did have his way with some (queen of hearts, tweedledum & dee), but the language is still silly and bizarre. And they haven’t been boobified by disney like the fairy tales and really they couldn’t be–some are strangely violent. They are an odd mix of drinking songs and counting rhymes passed down orally. Which I think is fantastic.Jack Sprat and his wife are in the works, but as of this moment are headless.

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11 Responses to hickety pickety

  1. kattitudes says:

    I keep surfing by your entry in the tags of wordpress, meaning to stop and tell you how much I adore Hickety Pickety and I haven’t yet. So today I HAD to do it, because frankly, I simply ADORE Hickety Pickety! She has so much personality. I keep waiting for her to turn to me and say something. I can’t wait to see how the rest of your works turn out.

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  3. leslie says:

    fabulous softie! i love it.

  4. Cristina says:

    This is really wonderful! I made up a tune to sing this rhyme for my sons and it’s one of their favorite things to hear before going to bed. Thanks for this great evocation of HP.

  5. ontinista says:

    I like the proportions of the body to everything else. Great idea.

  6. Emily says:

    Ok, is there a possibility that you might do a tutorial? My mom is in love with Roosters, and even though this is a Hen technically, maybe I could modify it a bit to make a cool rooster??? Looking forward to seeing the eggs too! Em

  7. Jess says:

    Love, love love her! The nest is fantastic! Love her wings, beak etc!

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  9. Laura Lynn says:

    She is just adorable!!! And thanks, I never knew the rest of that poem :)

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  11. ali says:

    can you tell me what does it mean,hickety,picket?thanks.İt sounds wonderful