By Alvin Schwartz
"A Man Who Lived in Leeds" is the fifth story included in the book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. It takes the form of a short poem which is intended to be read aloud. The poem begins innocently enough, talking about a man planting seeds in a garden. It moves through a series of rhymes, most of which seem to be largely meaningless, and grows steadily more sinister. It ends with the reader claiming to already be dead, having been stabbed in the back, and screaming.
Category: Fictional, Poem
Some say this rhyme doesn't mean anything. Others are not so sure.
There was a man who lived in Leeds;
He filled his garden full of seeds.
And when the seeds began to grow.
It was like a garden filled with snow.
But when the snow began to melt.
It was like a ship without a belt.
And when the ship began to sail.
It was like a bird without a tail.
And when the bird began to fly.
It was like an eagle in the sky.
And when the sky began to roar.
It was like a lion at my door.
(Now drop your voice.)
And when the door began to crack.
It was like a penknife in my back.
And when my back began to bleed —
(Turn out any lights.)
I was dead, dead, dead indeed!
(Jump at your friends and scream:)
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