FANTASY FRIENDS ON FURLOUGH
The yoga frog stuck out his tongue
In order to eat tasty morsels of young…
No legs, he begs!
Just meat juicy and sweet
To make my parts so flexible and neat.
And please remove this spaghetti!
He cried to the dragonfly, who
Was hoping for calm
But instead got confetti
When he flew through the shredder
On the desk with the teddy.
What a mess!
What a pair: the frog and the dragonfly
Searching the sky
Looking for, hoping for yum-yum pumpkin pie.
But instead in their eyes
Fell rays of moonlight.
They said it felt good.
Then bid all a good night.
[envision crayon sticks dressed in adorable outfits]
The naked crayons went out to play.
“Yippee, whippee,” they cried as they rolled in the hay.
Cathy, the cow, ambled into the barn.
“What are y’all doing?” she drawled with a note of alarm.
“We’re searching for jackets and hats with ear latches,
‘Cause winter is coming…
And we naked crayons will become so hard and so brittle,
If we don’t have some sweaters for the inclement weather.
So, Cathy, the cow, took them to
Gertrude, the goose, who knitted them
Jackets that were fit to be tied and as warm as a moose…
So that everyone—tall and short or thin and fat— looked forward
To their winter sleigh rides behind the caboose of the train on the lane that you could watch through your own windowpane!
Saola, shmayala…hard to pronounce.
When he jumped on the scale, he was more than an ounce.
Nevertheless, he remained quite rare,
Almost as much as cities with clean air.
He lived in hot Vietnam
With his long, pointy horns,
He avoided all thorns.
Some feathered friends called him a saola.
But his dream was to be an adorable koala.
So furry and cute,
Wrapped around a tree branch,
Almost a glove.
Ready for a bear hug
And oodles of love.
It wasn’t a fluke or kind of rebuke
When Mr. Fluke Fish
Fell in the blackstrap molasses
‘Cause of the stress in
Shopping for his 3D glasses.
You see his eyes are up here
And across over there…
It was raining cats and dogs (but no icky, sticky frogs) [literal
drawing/puppies and kittens]…
(Ostrich and worm are covering their heads)
As Ollie and Winton cuddle together
And say with relief, Oh, what a bother!
Could have been falling on us those fat hogs
With a whine and a holler !
And a snoutful of fodder…
Pegasus was showing off his shiny shoes to Norse, the horse, and PlumPie,
the horsefly, and MaggieMead, the centipede (who really needed lots of
To polish all those shoes took three hours and a half!
Enough time for a cow to give birth to a calf!
The Germanic gerbil [wearing little Valkyrie hat w/upturned horns]
And the Balkan bat
Met together for tea
In their nondescript flat.
Too sweet, said the gerbil
With a throaty, loud gurgle!
Too hot, said the bat
With a big, bad splat!
So they went out together
In inclement weather
To search for a drink,
The color of ink…
There once was a fish named Gremm,
Who savored his M&M’s
Until the time
He got jealous you see
‘Cause one day he looked at them
Carefully and woefully
And said, “Oh no! It can’t be!”
Your colors are better than mine.
Your beauty is ever so fine.
It’s time for a switch.
Yes, you I will ditch.
Instead I’ll eat plankton.
And from now on will be known
As handsome Gremm Franklin.
[one—black on red/one—red on black]
Castor lived in Castoria with polka dots on his back.
Pollux lived in Polluxian with more spots to pack.
There was a bridge connecting the two.
It was frequently crossed by Ladybug Blue.
When she saw the twin frogs,
She was quite all agog!
Who are those creatures? She cried.
They stole my best features!
I am the only one to have such a pattern;
They copied my clothes; I have no place to hide!
I will now charge them rent!
I have lost all repose!
And will make them pay through the nose!
So, they went to the judge who parceled out wisdom.
Now, now pretty critters, he said.
There are plenty of polka dots to go all around.
Let’s stick them to snowflakes to see what will happen.
The dotted snowflakes fell to the ground without making a sound. Others disappeared to find new adventures with leopards and ponies.
Then Castor, Pollux, and Ladybug Blue rolled around and around
While coated with glue.
When they stood up their patterns were different;
A little uneven but quite prepossessing.
They all were quite happy with the brand-new designs.
They shook legs in agreement and wiggled their spots.
They went out on the town to show off their outfits.
They got lots of attention and honorable mention from the fashion newspaper.
A trend had begun ‘cause of freckles, black spots, and red dots.
The reporter told them, I’m sure you’re related or extremely well mated.
What a nice family you have in your sartorial splendor!
When two big elephants kiss,
They find such perfect bliss.
With their long, crinkly trunks
Free of smells of local skunks,
He and she show their affection
And wiggle their tails in opposing direction.
They feed each other peanuts and straw,
While the nearby donkeys bray
Flaky flamingo was such a fussbudget
And so irresponsible.
Never did what he said he would do.
Never said quite the truth.
Was always late and appeared at the
Gate with another excuse.
Boo-hoo Boo-hoo, he cried.
Well, the other critters said, Enough is Enough,
And old flaky flamingo ended up fried
In a deep dish of ointment ‘cause of all the delays
On his appointment days.
Palomino puma was super sleek and fast.
Had the habit of chasing rude and rowdy Ruby the rabbit.
After too many races and both out of breath,
They agreed to stop hating and start contemplating what a
Peaceful life would be.
Just then, interrupted by a friendly, but fearsome, flea who said,
“Let’s all live together with Peace
As our goal…
So never again must we hide in a hole.
Purple pumpkin was perplexed by the
Hex on the local barn.
“Why am I purple?” she purred like a kitten.
“Because you are special, the color of yarn.
One day in the future, the sweetest girl will
Twirl her horsehair paintbrush across a large canvas.
Then you will arise above ordinary lumpkin
And be transformed into an immortal pumpkin,”
Said the wise fairy who lived in the aerie.
Doughty Dodo Bird
Doughty dodo bird was so determined.
The ermine looked up at her and said,
“You never give up…what’s up with that?”
The dodo replied, “My dreams are big, and
I don’t give a fig about those who tell me,
No, your aspirations are silly, you will fail
Do—n’t Do—n’t tell me what I can do.
My plan is to fool you too!
I will succeed and
Fulfill my need to
Be the best that I can be.
Touchy toucan was quick to give you a peck with her beak.
“Think before you speak,” she squawked,
“Or you might dread the consequences.
The words you spout
That all come out
Can cause unnecessary harm
And will alarm those who don’t understand
And are too shy to take a stand.”
So be polite.
Avoid a fight.
Try to cultivate wisdom
Instead of a schism.