I've written about The New England Primer before and my fascination with it. First published in 1690, it was part religious message, part English text book, and part Puritan ruler-whacking goodness. It employed little rhyming couplets not only as mnemonics to memorize the alphabet, but also to teach moral (and religious) lessons.
Since I've got this wacky fascination and love to philosophize, I thought it would fun to create a new, "Clarity of Night Primer" for my own children. I'll do it in groups of three letters from time to time.
Care to try your hand at your own morality poems? Maybe when we're done, we can compile a set (is anyone an illustrator?) and put it out there to compete with the dusty old Puritans!
Always think before you play
For you may lose the game you made.
Look for the Beast in what other's do
But don't condemn, he lives in you.
A quiet forest Carries sound
The rush of living tends to drown.