Wilbert the Whale’s Empty Ocean

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Wilbert the Whale’s Empty Ocean

Wilbert the Whale

© Linda Tanner, flickr

Wilbert the whale swam to and fro
In an empty ocean long long ago
With clear crystal waters to claim as his own
He never lacked a new place to roam

In summer he’d head to the Arctic to see
Animals play at the edge of the sea
He liked the way the penguins would walk
And how the gulls squawked when they talked

He’d float very still and watch for a bear
The ones that are white and with kind of short hair
To make it more fun he’s give them each names
Like Betty or Gladys as he liked to play games

Then when summer was waning and the weather turned cool
He’s head further south seeking out a warm pool
Passing by seals on the beach neath the sun
He wished to himself for a friend, even one

Then one day when he felt like breaching the waves
He leapt really high and came down by some caves
Of course it was too cool to just swim on by
He pulled up real close and looked in with one eye

Caves

© Andreas., flickr

A marvelous sight reflected back from the gloom
Sparkling stalactites lit up all the room
There were ones clear like crystals and others were blue
Some made of sharp rocks with a glowing white hue

He stayed there a long time and gazed with delight
Until the sun set and the sky turned to night
And just when he thought that he had better go
He heard a strange sound that he didn’t quite know

Although it was faint it was strangely familiar
A raising long note with a rasp and a burr
He thought hard to himself where he’d heard it before
And realized he’d sang it at the caves open door

Discouraged he thought it was an echo, no more
So he turned from the cave and swam close to the shore
But before he had gone far the sound came again
This time much louder maybe even times ten

What did this mean Wilbert wanted to know
Then a short distance away he saw water blow
Straight up in the air, more than one at a time
So he surfaced some more and started to climb

Then his eyes grew wide in wondrous delight
Before him were whales like him in the night
He was not all alone and now would never be
He could share with his new friends his very large sea

                                              -Written by Rose McFarland

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Mother Nature Paints in Stripes

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Mother Nature Paints in Stripes

Zebra's

© Rob Schleiffert, flickr

Stripes can go straight our swirl all around
Be different in colors of red, black or brown
You may find them in nature or made by your hand
Sometimes you’ll see them just curved in the sand

A Chipmunk may have them or even a Snake
Hornets and Tigers or a Frog by the lake
But a Zebra has stripes that are so very bold
I can watch them forever and it never gets old

Some live on the plains in large groups they are found
And can make really loud whinnies if danger’s around
They may look alike but not one are the same
Each has unique stripes which leads to their fame

  (Listen to the sounds that Zebra make!)

Though not fast as a horse they can run a long ways
They sleep standing up, eating grass as they graze
When babies their stripes aren’t black yet but brown
But after some time that turns all around

The stripes will soon darken and turn very black
Then they seem to just blend into the rest of the pack
Unless you can follow the pattern of one
If you can pick him out, it might just be fun

Creatures in nature may look different as can be
But the ones that have stripes are a real sight to see
When you’re sitting outside and just being real still
Try to spot a striped animal, it’s really a thrill

                                            -Written by Rose McFarland

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Let’s Make A Paper Boat

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Let’s Make A Paper Boat

Paper Boat on the Ocean

© aussiegall,flickr

Let’s make a boat out of paper and a twig
Tie it with some twine and do a little jig
Take a bunch of crayons and color it real nice
The wax repels water so color over twice

Use a handkerchief so it will have a sail
Go to the hose and put water in your pail
Next comes the test to see that it won’t leak
Or if it tips over because it’s just too weak

It’s time to make it move once you see that it will float
Tap it gently with your finger on the back end of the boat
Watch to see if the wind fills up your sail with air
Turn it if you have to but handle it with care

Paper Boat with Shadow Sail

© Javier Morales,flickr

Now that it’s done you might laugh right out loud
You just made a paper boat and of that you’re really proud
But there’s still some more to do, you’re not all done just yet
You have to give it an awesome name, please do not forget

What do you name a boat; I have no idea at all
It’s not very wide and the mast is pretty small
But the smaller a thing is the faster it will go
Does that give you a good idea, I’d really like to know

Now if making one boat is really very neat
Why not ask a friend if he would like to compete
In a paper boat race you each had made by hand
Which will sail the fastest before it hits dry land

                                        -Written by Rose McFarland

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My Unicorn Friend

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Teleithea the Unicorn

 

My very best friend is a Unicorn
With a pearly long spiraled single horn
Right now she is tired and fast asleep
Be ever so quiet, don’t make a peep

Her name is Teleithea and she’s elusive as can be
A magical creature that most would love to see
Full of grace and beauty she stands a top a hill far above
And is made from soft starlight and the purest kind of love

You may see a twinkle from the corner of your eye
Or you might never see her as she goes passing by
But when she is close you’ll feel peaceful as can be
She brings that kind of magic even if you cannot see

Teleithea seems to know what you’re thinking and feeling too
And whether or not your lonely or just plain sad or blue
And with that kind of insight she makes the heart to mend
That’s why I’m so lucky to have her as my friend

If you think that she’s the only one, in that you would be wrong
For all about us, right and left, are Unicorns by the throng
They live in this world just like us and care just like we do
Always standing very close to watch over me and you

The next time your staring off and you see a little spark
Then soon feel really happy or start singing like a lark
Standing right beside you and covered in starlight dust
Might be your Unicorn friend that you can love and trust

                                                           -Written by Rose McFarland

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Who’s Nocturnal

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Who’s Nocturnal

Firefly

© Ted Goldring,flickr

Firefly, little guy, small as he can be
Brightens up the evening sky for all of us to see
Blinking in and out to make patterns in the night
Light up little firefly your such a pretty sight

Cricket, Cricket make that sound
I’m use to hearing all around
It’s nature’s music in the air
But I can’t see you anywhere

Ribbit, ribbit, sings a frog
Sitting on a broken log
You like the dark more than the light
And you’re more active in the night

Oh little Skunk all black and white
People see you and run with fright
But if you’re happy and not made to scare
Then you wander off without a care

Fox

© Domenico Salvagnin,flicker

Wolf, Hedgehog, Fox, and Bat
Are just some others plus a Rat
All have in common something cool
They are all nocturnal as a rule

                                       -Written by Rose McFarland

 

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I’m a Bottlenose Dolphin

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I’m a Bottlenose Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphin

© Greg Goebel, flickr

I’m a Bottlenose Dolphin and I really like to swim
My tail is made of flukes and I have one dorsal fin
I have two flippers for my arms though they are pretty short
But they help me not get too hot when I’m racing in a sport

I live in ocean water and my playground is the sea
To leap with my friends makes me happy as can be
With skin as smooth as mine it really makes me sleek
I can whip through water super fast and look just like a streak

Sometimes you’ll see me all alone which really can seem odd
But when I’m with a large group it might just be my pod
You see my pod is my family and we are all very close
I get to hang out with the ones that I love the most

I can hold my breath a long time, maybe more than you
Then dive deep and see the sights which is what I like to do
I make sure not to laugh when I’m underneath the sea
Even if I see fun stuff that fills me up with glee

I make cool sounds you might call clicks that send an echo out
And use it to find my dinner as it tells me the best route
If you could click as fast as me your ears might ring real loud
But if your a Bottlenose Dolphin your pod would be quite proud

I’m very smart just like you through I can not speak your words
But with my tail I can lift real high and swim a while backwards
Though I’m born knowing how to swim my mom helps at the start
And leads me to the air to breath isn’t she real smart

                                               -Written by Rose McFarland

 

 

 

 

 

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A Secret World in a Water Drop

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A Secret World in a Water Drop

Water Drop

© José Manuel Suárez,CC-BY-2.0,via Wikimedia Commons

I bet there’s a secret world in a water drop
So small that you can’t see it looking from the top
Or looking at it sideways or from the bottom too
So how are we to catch a glimpse I wish I only knew

What would be in there I’d like to know
If maybe there are cities that are all a glow
And forests made of strange odd trees
Do you think there would be bumble bees

Maybe the creatures that live in the drop
Might resemble the top of a wildly haired mop
All wiggly and loose with long tentacles too
That shake as they swim brushing by you

Or they could be graceful and sleek like a fish
Or lovely as a mermaid we could only just wish
Or big and have pincers like crabs in our sea
Or have pearls like an oyster or could bite like a flea

What do the life forms breath with no air
There not like fish with gills who don’t care
Are they’re bodies so different they can breath water too
And what do they eat and how do they chew

I wonder if this old drop fell from the air
And if it was filled with life even up there
Was it empty or full before taking the fall
I want to know more, I want to know it all

                                                         -Written by Rose McFarland

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Billy the Beetle Bug Club

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Billy the Beetle Bug Club

Billy the Bettle Bug

© Martyn Gorman

Billy the Beetle Bug basked in the sun
After he had finished his long morning run
He sat on the green grass and breathed in the air
And was totally happy without even a care

Then he started to whistle a quick little tune
And before you would know it and really quite soon
Others around him lent their voice to his song
With a chorus of singers you just can’t go wrong

There were birds and crickets and a groundhog as well
That sang in sweet harmony which rose and which fell
And spiders and ants along with a worm
Had hit a sour note and then they all had to squirm

But overall it was lovely to hear
Thought each of the animals especially a deer
They soon were dancing along with the beat
And snapping their fingers, or pincers or feet

Then butterflies rolled in the air with a spin
While  hummingbird wings accompanied the din
A bunny with long ears and a fluffy white tail
Served them all dinner and shared all his kale

So the next time your walking and hear a noise in the trees
Listen for music and get down on your knees
And ever so quietly peer through the shrub
You might just have found Billy’s Beetle Bug Club

                                                       -Written by Rose McFarland

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Sharing Can Be a Blast

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Sharing Can Be a Blast

Share

 

Pizza is yummy and oh so good
I’d eat the whole pie if only I could
But sharing is better and nice as can be
A slice for you and a slice for me

If I had some paper and pencils for art
And you had none the best way to start
Is to ask your friend with nothing to use
If they’d like to share you’ve got nothing to lose

Going to the movies is really a blast
But don’t take up two seats as the person that’s last
Coming into the theater may have no where to sit
Offer the seat as the show starts in a bit

Picking wildflowers is a cool thing to do
They brighten your day and lift up your mood
But to give a flower to a friend that is blue
Is a nice way to share and makes you both happy too

But one of my favorites of all things to share
Is a smile and your time which shows that you care
There’s no cost to you but you might soon just see
How the sharing comes back and it was totally free

                                               -Written by Rose McFarland

 

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If I Could See The Air

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If I Could See The Air

Colored Air With Boats

© Nevalenx,flickr,modified

If I could only see the air that’s all around me now
I’d marvel in it’s swirling mass and wonder truly how
It can silently surround me with out a smell or taste
Moving here and there and everywhere but still can not be traced

Since it is not a solid form how could I really see it
I think I have to add some color but which is a good fit
Maybe green would do the trick I close my eyes and and think
And when I open them back up I kind of have to blink

Wow, everywhere has a soft green haze a misty kind of glow
But looking all around me there is something that I know
The grass and trees have disappeared or maybe blend right in
So maybe green is not quite right I’m thinking with a grin

I try again and think that blue is how I’d change the air
A soft light hue would be real cool and give it such a flair
I concentrate hard and try again and once I open my eyes
At first I think how pretty it is until I get a surprise

I’ve lost the sky and the water too oh that’s not good at all
There not gone but have merged right in to the color of my call
Disappointed I change it back again and think what would be right
I could try a yellow brown, can you imagine such a sight

Colored Air Trees

© Gabor Dvornik,flickr,cropped

Then thinking hard I made the air switch it’s tint once more
But I don’t like how strange it looks and I’m missing parts of the floor
Well not the floor exactly but some of the ground and dirt is gone
This will never do I have to say and revert it back with a yawn

So I put the air back as it was and realize maybe I should
Not try to change the way it looks and leave it clear for good
There’s a reason things are like they are so to change it might wrong
But is was fun to try it once and now I think I’ll be moving along

                                                 -Written by Rose McFarland

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