The Guy who Swallowed a Fly

You remember the nursery song where there was an old lady who swallowed a fly? Thought she might die? She then swallows all manner of things to take care of that initial problem, until, in the last verse:

There was an old lady who swallowed a cow.
I don’t know how she swallowed a cow!
She swallowed the cow to catch the goat…
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog…
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat…
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird …
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she’ll die.

Let me see. I have a version.

There was an old guy who wanted a boat.
I dunno why he wanted a boat!
He sold a Corvette to get a boat…
He fixed the Corvette in a major way …
He needed a bigass Garage Lift to fix the Corvette…
He cut up the garage floor to install the bigass Lift …
He reinforced a huge patch to pour the concrete…
He used the excavator to drag the bigass Lift up the ridiculously steep driveway…
All in the service of selling the car…to get a boat…
I still dunno why he wanted a boat
Perhaps he’ll float.

About NaidaR

Published nonfiction writer (on healthcare efficiency). Wannabe published writer of memoir, short funny story. View all posts by NaidaR

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