Isabel met an enormous bear,
Isabel, Isabel didn’t care.
The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous,
The bear’s mouth was cruel and cavernous.
The bear said, Isabel, glad to meet you,
How do, Isabel, and now I’ll eat you!
Isabel, Isabel didn’t worry.
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry.
Then Isable calmly ate the bear up.

On a night as black as pitch,
Isabel met a wicked old witch.
The witch’s face was cross and wrinkled,
The witch’s gums with teeth were sprinkled.
Ho, ho, Isabel, the old witch crowed,
Now I’ll turn you to an ugly toad!
Isabel, Isabel didn’t worry,
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry.
Isabel showed no rage and she showed no rancor,
She turned that witch into milk and drank her.

Isabel met a horrendous giant.
Isabel continued, self-reliant.
The giant was hairy, the giant was horrid,
The giant had an eye in the middle of his forehead.
Hello, Isabel, the giant said,
I’ll grind your bones to make my bread!
Isabel, Isabel didn’t worry,
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry.
Isabel quietly niblled the Zwieback that she always fed off,
And when it was gone, she cut the giant’s head off.

Isabel met a troublesome doctor,
Who punched and he poked until he really shocked her.
The doctor’s talk was of coughs and chills,
The doctor’s satchel bulged with pill.
The doctor said until Isabel,
‘Swallow this, it will make you well.’
Isabel, Isabel didn’t worry,
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry,
Isabel took those pills from the pill concoctor,
And Isabel calmly cured the doctor!


This is the second poem in my project to memorize more poetry. We were away for a week and I had a chance to recite this one often for the kids and I can report it was well received. I have to say thatI love the first three stanzas, but think the doctor is a bit of an anti-climax.

If you ever hear me recite, don’t be shocked if I move the doctor to the beginning, or leave it away altogether. Bardic license, that is!

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