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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Beginner

Another of Daddy’s favourite stories . . .

The rain poured down persistently,
For days he’d stared out wistfully.
A last, he stood with arms outspread,
“I’m bored,” he, to his mother, said.
She thought about it for a time,
(Impressed I say all this in rhyme?)
And then suggested to her son,
“If all your chores, indeed, are done,
The only thing I can suggest
For you, a hobby would be best.”
“A collection, maybe? Moths? Or stamps?
Now go – and to your room, encamp.”
The little boy gave it some thought,
Decided moths were what he sought.
Donned raingear, to the store betook,
To find himself a research book.
Then home amid the raindrops sped,
Threw coat, and landed on his bed.
He read for several hours there,
Then came to mom in clear despair.
“I’ve read that book from end to end,
But failure did the words portend.
For though I read so eagerly,
No single ‘moth’ word did I see!”
His mother frowned and asked to look,
Obediently, he fetched the book.
She turned it over, understood
Just why it did him little good.
‘Advice to the Beginning . . .’, true.
A wealth of facts from those who knew.
But the last word in the title there,
Had caused her fine, young son to err.
It stood out plain from all the others,
The last word there (you’ve guessed it) ‘Mothers’!
Advice to
Beginning Mothers
You can see where he went wrong.

8 comments:

  1. I always look forward to your poems, you don't do them nearly enough. Maybe every post should be done this way . . .

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  2. Fabulous. You had me guessing till the end.

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  3. This was a fun one! I wouldn't have guess this to be the ending.
    Hugs!

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  4. Diane, I cannot tell you how happy I am that I have met you and your blog! Your talent with the written word entertains and inspires me every day - and this wonderful poem is no exception!

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  5. Oh dear! Not quite what this beginning moth-er was looking for.
    Love that you did this in rhyme.

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  6. Love. Kind of fun and way clever, Diane!

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  7. I love to read your poetry! You are so very talented. I hope you know I plan on hounding you until you agree to come to NM!

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  8. I didn't see this coming till the end - and then I laughed out loud!

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