Posted 01-21-2003 at 18:51:39
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That's a cute story but it ain't what I call poetry. Here's one my father wrote maybe 20 or 25 years ago:
Today is a bright and beautiful day.
The breezes blow wild and free,
And the pine trees sigh as the wind goes by
They're singing a song for me.
The clouds are parading across the sky,
As their shadows race over the land,
Making pictures that pass continuously
Before my reviewing stand.
And look! There's a big fat elephant.
Now his head has broken loose,
And is floating away on its own little breeze,
And it looks like a flying goose.
Now here comes a big gray battleship
Coming right up the valley floor,
Bigger than any battleship
I ever have seen before.
It is coming right up to my doorstep,
I can see its big smokestack and guns.
Now it's all broken up into pieces and bits,
Torpedoed by the sun.
I can see a cluckety old mother hen
With three little fluffy chicks.
And a funny old humpbacked woodchopper
With his bundle of firewood sticks.
The sky is a great big ocean of blue
With white-caps on every wave,
And a big gray swordfish is leaping high,
He is feeling so frisky and brave.
Up there in the west is another white cloud.
Let's pause and watch for a bit.
Did you ever see so much topping
On a great big banana split?
There's a slinky old cat sneaking up on a bird
And a poodle that sits up and begs.
And a cowboy who's riding remarkably well
On a pony with only three legs.
Did you ever think that these sights that we see
Never have been just like this before?
And will not be exactly this same way again
But will keep changing forevermore?
And there'll be new cloud pictures for others to see
If they just take the time to behold.
And lovely sunrises that light up the east
And sunsets of purple and gold.
But not every day will be pretty and bright.
And not every sky will be blue.
For trouble will come and good friends have to part
And some dreams will be shattered, too.
So capture each moment of beauty and love
And store them away in your mind.
And use them to help over rough spots ahead
When life may not be quite so kind.
And keep looking up so you won't miss a scene
When another bright day is unfurled.
And the wind is just right, and the clouds are just right,
And you're sitting on top of the world!!