Ring Around the Rosie
oil on panel
8x10 oil on panel, black wood floater frame.
Children holding hands and singing "Ring around Rosie."
This is a childhood game played in European and American cultures -in addition to "hide and seek", "red rover" etc.
It is unknown what the earliest version of the rhyme was or when it began. Many incarnations of the game have a group of children form a ring, dance in a circle around a person, and stoop or curtsy with the final line. The slowest child to do so is faced with a penalty or becomes the "rosie" (literally: rose tree, from the French rosier) and takes their place in the center of the ring.
"Ring-a-round the rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
We all fall down."
The original references are traced back to German mythology -"Gifted children of fortune have the power to laugh roses, as Freyja wept gold."