Millie’s Mandolin (A Monster Sonnet)
Millicent wanted to play mandolin-
To pluck and to plunk, to strum and to sing-
But when it came time for her to begin,
She found out that learning was no easy thing.
Her fumbling fingers muffled the chords,
The terrible sounds made her head split.
After two weeks Millie shouted “Oh Lord!
I think, perhaps, that it is time to quit.”
Though she was doubtful, she carried on still,
Playing through March, April, May and through June.
She practiced and practiced and practiced until
She could play and sing this glorious tune:
La Diddly Da Diddly Da Diddly Ding
Ding Dingalee Dingaloo Dingaling!