My son Stephen (age 10) was halfway through writing a summary of Romeo and Juliet when he saw his older brother writing a poem. He asked me, “Can I write it as a poem, too, but can mine be funny?”
“As long as you keep the main plot line, you can add humor to it,” I answered, and he excitedly ran to get started.
His Romeo and Juliet poem for kids includes slapstick humor similar to the Three Stooges:
Once upon a time there was a fight
Because a Capulet bit his thumb.
A Montague tied his belt too tight,
And a Capulet fell on his bum!
A Montague named Romeo
Went to a Capulet ball.
He was handed some strawberry jello,
Which he dropped when he climbed the wall.
“What light through yonder window breaks?
‘Tis the east, and Juliet is the sun.”
“Not now, Romeo; my toe aches.
But I’ll marry you tomorrow at one.”
The next day they were wed.
But Romeo hit Tybalt with a frying pan
Because Romeo’s friend was dead.
So he was banished by a man.
Juliet in her grief and sorrow
Ran to the friar for relief.
“This potion you may borrow,
And your life will seem so brief.”
She drank the potion,
Was put in a crypt,
Romeo saw her without motion,
And on a banana peel he slipped.
He died by her side.
Juliet woke up, screamed, and died.
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