I Tried to Dodge the Raindrops

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Puddle

© Jesse Millan, flickr

I tried to dodge the raindrops falling from the sky
To see how long my skill would keep my jacket dry
At first it was real easy since the ones that fell were few
A hand full here and there plus maybe one or two

What was funny was the fact that the sun was in the sky
And yet the rain came down and I had to wonder why
Oh yes it was a sun shower of which I know are rare
So I just have to tell the world, I really want to share

As it started to rain harder there came an awesome sound
Drumming in a pattern as it hit upon the ground
The drops made a rhythm, splish, plunk, and splash
The water sparkled brightly and twinkled with a flash

It didn’t take me long to know my game would have to end
For the sky began to darken and I knew it’s not my friend
I learned to go inside when the weather turns real gray
And safely play an indoor game until another day

                                    -Written by Rose McFarland

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Sal and Sid Love to Bowl

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Black Bird

© Jacob Spinks, flickr

Sal the blackbird loved to bowl
On a Saturday night with his friend Sid the mole
Of all the games they both liked to play
Bowling ranked first at the end of today

They’d scour the forest for all that they’d need
From the stream bed for pebbles to pine cones in the trees
A deer named Alice nibbled short all the grass
As Sammy the snake pressed it tight as he passed

Pine Cone

© Jess Wood, flickr

Then Sal lined up all the pebbles with care
To border the lane, hopping first here and there
Sid balanced ten pine cones with their pointy sides up
To use as the pins, they’d be plenty tough

For their balls they used rocks, perfectly round
Each collected before at the edge of the town
Then with a wink of an eye Sid called to his friend
Let’s play us a game…who will win in the end

Mole

© Matt Salas, flickr

A family of bunnies watched on with delight
As Sal and Sid bowled late through the night
They clapped at a Spare and cheered with a Strike
The whole forest watched on to see such a sight

And at the end of the match they’d shake hands and exclaim
How each was a master so good at his game
Then they’d gracefully bow and head off to their homes
Sid with the pebbles and Sal with the cones

Do you think it odd that a bird and a mole
Would want to play games and learn how to bowl
If you knew them both as well as I do
You’d think it was cool and want to play too

                         – Written by Rose McFarland

 

 

 

 

 

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Weeping, Weeping Willow Willy

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Weeping Willow

© Quinn Dombrowski, flickr

Weeping, weeping, willow Willy
Trying hard to not be silly
While all his brothers cry all day
Willy laughs and likes to play

Swinging, swinging, from left to right
He’ll sway his arms to his delight
Fluffy clouds make him giggle loud
He loves the smell of fields just plowed

Singing, singing, with crickets at night
He hums along, what a joyful sight
While stars twinkle and moonbeams shine
He calls hello to a neighboring Pine

Counting, counting, the blades of grass
You’d think that he’s at the top of his class
He could tell you the number of birds in the sky
Or how many bees are buzzing nearby

Napping, napping, is a wonderful thing
In early summer or very late spring
With the sun on his face and the breeze on his back
And a big drink of water, his most favorite snack

Standing, standing, in only one place
While others in nature may move or may race
Might sound dull with nothing to do
But not to Willy who will give you this clue

Around, around, life does abound
From the top of the world to way under ground
To watch it is fun, not boring at all
Says Willy the Willow, can you hear his glad call

                                                      -Written by Rose McFarland

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Petey the Polar Bear

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Petey the Polar Bear

© Shelly,sketchport,modified

On a blistery night at the top of the world
Snow blew around, it dipped and it twirled
While a lone polar bear named Petey sat still
But with his fur coat did not catch a chill

You may not see him as he could blend right in
With thick white fur from his feet to his chin
But right on the center of his forehead he wore
A red and green jewel with sparkles galore

His ancestors came north and fell in love with the snow
So they stayed in the arctic not wanting to go
They used icebergs as surfboards or slid on them to skate
Petey’s favorite of games which he thought was just great

When the northern lights reflected back from the sea
Petey’s family would prance around spinning with glee
They’d make two large circles and weave in and out
A polar bear square dance there can be no doubt

With their claws they would cut ice in the shape of a stone
Heaving them in the air watching how far they were thrown
Playing a game of Shot Put they each loved to do
Keeping score with their fingers and their toes sometimes too

They might lie on their back and take long restful naps
With snow piled high and deep on the polar ice caps
And then bathe in the ocean and shake hard to dry off
It may look quite funny but try not to scoff

The next time it snows and you see flakes falling down
Think of Petey and his polar bear town
And the jewel on his forehead with fur all of white
Even dreaming of him as you sleep through the night

                                            -Written by Rose McFarland

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