Lewis Carroll

(27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898 / Cheshire)

A Game of Fives

Five little girls, of Five, Four, Three, Two, One:
Rolling on the hearthrug, full of tricks and fun.

Five rosy girls, in years from Ten to Six:
Sitting down to lessons - no more time for tricks.

Five growing girls, from Fifteen to Eleven:
Music, Drawing, Languages, and food enough for seven!

Five winsome girls, from Twenty to Sixteen:
Each young man that calls, I say "Now tell me which you MEAN!"

Five dashing girls, the youngest Twenty-one:
But, if nobody proposes, what is there to be done?

Five showy girls - but Thirty is an age
When girls may be ENGAGING, but they somehow don't ENGAGE.

Five dressy girls, of Thirty-one or more:
So gracious to the shy young men they snubbed so much before!

Five PASSE girls - Their age? Well, never mind!
We jog along together, like the rest of human kind:
But the quondam "careless bachelor" begins to think he knows
The answer to that ancient problem "how the money goes"!

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Rookie - 22 Points Yikum Shiferaw (12/15/2014 11:59:00 PM)

    I loved the rrhymes and creativity. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 22 Points Yikum Shiferaw (12/15/2014 11:58:00 PM)

    I love the rhymes and his creativity. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 762 Points Michelle Claus (9/16/2014 11:36:00 AM)

    Perfect! This poem must have been as fun to compose as it is to read. I enjoy the various ways in which Carroll describes the five girls' ages at the start of each stanza. I've been thinking a lot about the stages of life that a female passes through, because now I'm entering Passe. Time to step aside and make room for the new generation of dashing, showy, and dressy ladies. Such is the rhythm of Life. Bittersweet, indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/16/2014 2:26:00 AM)

    Play kids, schooling, teens and passe in rhythm of ages enjoyable and sad subject to situation fantastic (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 984 Points Oduro Bright Amoh (9/16/2014 1:34:00 AM)

    Sweet and fun to read (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 169 Points Angelina Holmes (5/6/2014 8:48:00 PM)

    Love the rhymes. Always fun to read. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,881 Points * Sunprincess * (4/1/2014 2:46:00 PM)

    .....one of my favourite poets...love the alice in wonderland story....and enjoyed this lovely piece... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 24,600 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (2/17/2014 8:47:00 AM)

    A fascinating poem and when it reaches the last the age thirty one or more really fantastic poem to entertainment. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 866 Points Liliana ~el (9/16/2013 4:10:00 PM)

    Right on! Truly fun and enticing :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Myla Rose Gigante (9/16/2013 6:15:00 AM)

    I love this poem! ^_^ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 182 Points Karen Sinclair (9/16/2013 3:45:00 AM)

    One of my favourite writers. This has humour and encourages a moment of pity in the middle A fun clever piece although I must say not one of my favourites of his. Yet as ever such a comfortable flow. Tyvm Karen (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 182 Points Karen Sinclair (9/16/2013 3:44:00 AM)

    One of my favourite writers. This has humour and encourages a moment of pity in the middle A fun clever piece although I must say not one of my favourites of his. Yet as ever such a comfortable flow. Tyvm Karen (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Marie Beach (9/16/2013 3:31:00 AM)

    Cute continuation of life....... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 291 Points Nasarudheen Parameswaran (9/16/2013 3:02:00 AM)

    When money matters all collapse. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 628 Points Philo Yan (9/16/2012 11:49:00 PM)

    Some families of women of that era equate husband material based on how wealthy the man or his family was. With such standards, the young women may find it hard to marry if they want t to marry for love and not for money. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Njuguna Peter Mnyagia (9/16/2012 1:30:00 PM)

    Very nice. I loved the unique art in it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (9/16/2012 10:50:00 AM)

    These are five girls who will never have sex; usual in those days in middle class houses. Women were marriage fodder or on the shelf all their lives. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Francisca Darko (9/16/2012 8:09:00 AM)

    Lovely write! So cool to watch them change with age (Report) Reply

  • Rookie M.L Bennett (4/16/2012 7:22:00 PM)

    Very creative, I loved it! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cassie Damon (9/17/2011 3:09:00 PM)

    in my very odd opinion i find this poem to be extremely cute! ! (Report) Reply

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