All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
cleared up the pieces and got out their pens.
It shouldn’t have happened. Somebody’s to blame.
An official took down every witnesses’ name.
An enquiry was opened. They put out the word
that they meant to investigate what had occurred.
Were there warning signs posted for climbers to heed?
Should the signs have been bigger? (Could young Humpty read?)
Should the ground be made softer, to cushion a plunge
if it happens again? Lined with rubber or sponge?
Was it the builder’s rough brickwork at fault?
Did somebody push him? Was Humph never taught
to keep feet on the pavement? His teachers must answer.
Or had he known well, and was Humpty a chancer?
Since all his friends knew – e’en before Humpty’s fall,
he should never have climbed on the brickwork at all.