Gene Moutoux's Poetry

Jack and the Beanstalk

See Jack, an enterprising son. See Mom, a martinet.

See Jack sell Bossy, their fat cow, on the Internet.

See Mom find out what Jack has done; she does make quite a scene,

For she’s incensed that Jack has sold their Bossy for a bean.


To placate Mom, Jack takes her hand and says, "O Mama mia,

This bean is not so ludicrous ; it is a panacea."

Jack plants the bean and waters it and waits till, by and by,

A lone prodigious beanstalk grows, that stretches to the sky.


Intrepidly Jack climbs the stalk and finds creation’s dregs:

The giant rogue who stole the goose that laid the golden eggs.

Obsequiously pandering to the giant’s pride,

With nebulous morality, he takes him for a ride,


Regales the rogue with maudlin tales (for giant ears revised),

Whose moral is: Release the goose or else be ostracized.

See Jack get back the magic goose and leave without a fuss.

See Jack go home to Mom, who says, "You are a genius."

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