Here are some collages made with my 5-year-old’s discarded drawings of Humpty Dumpty.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
My copy of The Annotated Alice tells me that the original Humpty could’ve been a cannon which was on top of a tower that collapsed after bombardment, an alcoholic drink, and a children’s game. I like what Humpty Dumpty tells Alice about using big words: “When I make a word do a lot of work like that, I always pay it extra.”
Errol Morris once said of journalism, “It’s the Humpty-Dumpty dream of putting the world back together again, to make sense of it.”
(He could’ve been talking about collage.)