The Four Children


To our seder last year

came a strange-looking man

"Four Children" (c) by Bonnie Gordon Lucas

with four sons:

Smarty,

Nasty, and

         Simple, and

Sam.

 

"Smarty" (c) by Bonnie Gordon Lucas
Smarty (c) by Bonnie Gordon Lucas

Now Smarty was smart--

yes, so clever and wise,

he could do the whole seder

while closing his eyes.

From beginning to end,

from the end to the start,

he recited it

over and over by heart.

In Hebrew and Hindu,

in Snufic and Roman,

from the first Ha Lachma

to the last Afikoman.

 

"Nasty" (c) by Bonnie Gordon Lucas
Smarty (c) by Bonnie Gordon Lucas

But Nasty refused

to take part in the seder.

He just sat there and smiled

with his pet alligator

as he pulled people's hair

and he poked people's eyes

and sprinkled their matzah

with beetles and flies.

What he needs is a thwack

on the back of the hands,

or a slap in the face

or a kick in the pants.

 

"Simple" (c) by Bonnie Gordon Lucas
Simple (c) by Bonnie Gordon Lucas

Away in the corner

sits sweet sister Simple.

Whenever she smiles

her face breaks out in dimples.

She only asks

about simple facts

like "What's a

matzah?"

and "Tell me how tall is a Gloogasaurus Zax?"

 

"Sam" (c) by Bonnie Gordon Lucas
Sam (c) by Bonnie Gordon Lucas

And Sam doesn't even

know what to say.

He just sits in his box

till the end of the day,

till his Dad packs him up

and takes him away.

"Nasty and Friends" (c) by Bonnie Gordon Lucas
Nasty and Friends (c) by Bonnie Gordon Lucas

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