I have chewed
through
the tall
beanstalk

which
you recently
stepped off
way up there

Forgive me
I think
I’m worth
more than five magic beans

– Gail Carson Levine, from her book, Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems

It’s missing something without the awesome illustrations from Matthew Cordell, but just mentally picture Jack flailing on top of the beanstalk while the cow he sold for five magic beans chews angrily through the base of it.

Advertisements