For Want of a Nail

This simple, anonymous poem - with its accessible, easy language - is an excellent one to provoke discussion about consequences. Children could use it as inspiration for their own poem. The printable below has been designed to look good on screens and whiteboards too.

For Want of a Nail

by Anonymous

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

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