Wee Willie Winkie

It doesn’t seem right to go into heavy breathing over this silly phrase. After all, it’s a child’s nursery rhyme:

Wee Willie Winkie
Runs through the town
Upstairs and downstairs
In his nightgown.

The tiresome busybody pokes in where he isn’t invited, telling everybody to lock their doors and put out their lights and go to bed because he thinks it’s time they did.

That isn’t what raises my pulse.

It’s also the title of a Shirley Temple movie, and now we’re coming closer to the point. First, though, I have to say Shirley’s army poem from that film:

Fear God
Honor the Queen
Shoot straight
And keep clean.

Cracks me up, for some reason.

And now we come to the part where my pupils dilate. Wee Willie Winkie also stars Cesar Romero. Children, long before he was Joker on the Adam West campy Batman show, he was … how shall I put this delicately … hot.

‘Nuff said.

WRITING PROMPT: Give a character a crush on an entertainer of a bygone time. What comes of it?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Wee Willie Winkie

  1. Jane

    April 27, 2011 at 9:14am

    Hi. Many moons ago, I was on lunch break, walking down Walnut Street around 4th Avenue, when I looked up and across Walnut, there he was. Cesar Romero was striding through the crowd, a head taller than everyone else and looking like a god among men. Yowzer.

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      Marian Allen

      April 27, 2011 at 9:26am

      Oh, man, Imma steal that memory. When I am an old woman, that is TOTALLY going to have happened to me! lol!

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  2. Bish Denham

    April 27, 2011 at 11:39am

    You’re right, he WAS hot! And I had totally forgotten about that old nursery rhyme.

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  3. damyanti

    April 27, 2011 at 1:10pm

    Nursery rhymes bring back all sorts of memories…thanks for sharing this post.

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      Marian Allen

      April 27, 2011 at 4:22pm

      Do kids read the old nursery rhymes these days? When they read the Robert Penn Warren title ALL THE KING’S MEN, does it mean anything to them? I wonder.

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