The Cow Jumped Over the Moon


No doubt, the cow that jumped over the moon has inspired many a poet, artist, illustrator, and just plain visionary and/or liver of life. Because it is so very common, we might tend to overlook this one, but allow me to remind you how very, very good this poem is:

Hey, diddle, diddle,

Hey, diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Consider all of the fantastic things going on in those few lines. A pet animal has become so very real that he can play a musical instrument–not only that, he is playing a song that makes folks want to dance. Life is being lived at the max: it is over the moon–heavenly. And everyday, household items have become human, gotten married, and run away for a life of bliss. Life just does not get any better than what is described in Hey Diddle Diddle. I have spent my entire life, trying to get over that cow’s moon. Haven’t you?

Let’s give the cat, the fiddle, the cow, and the moon credit: They taught us to dream,


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