There Was a Crippled Man, by Elly Clifton

“There was a crooked man,”


There was a crooked man,

Who walked a crooked mile,

He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile;

He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,

And they all lived together in a little crooked house.


now, the reworded version:


“there was a crippled man”

by Elly Clifton


There was a crippled man

Who had a crippled cat (Jaspurr has arthritis!)

That slept on crippled legs to warm his cripple’s lap

He bought a cripples chair and wrote a crippled tome

And they both lived together in a cripple friendly home.


About Author

Shane is an ethicist and theologian, Honorary Associate for the Centre of Disability Research and Policy, the University of Sydney, and Assistant Director, Policy, at the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation against People with Disability. Shane is proudly disabled, and an occasional blogger on


  • Jen Danger
    April 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Love it

  • Ellen Hendrix
    April 4, 2013 at 3:37 am

    so good <3

  • Dee Cipo
    April 4, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Had a giggle. Very good poetry Elly!


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