Monday, February 14, 2011

The Competition

                     Jutta Ash

MONDAY'S CHILD
supplied the prompt for Verses for Children

THE COMPETITION

It was the day of the Birdland Fair;
All the birds from the woods were there.
There were swings and roundabouts by the lake
And a competition for
The Best Bird Cake.
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Every bird had done its best,
Working away in its kitchen-nest,
Where birds all go to stir and bake
And try to make the
The Best Bird Cake.
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Tilly Titmouse said 'Mine is best!
Mine is the one that will pass the test!
All the others are merely fake!
Mine for sure is the
The Best Bird Cake.'
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And, certainly, it was very grand,
With bright pink icing on every hand,
Tilly wasn't prepared to give and take
When it came to judging the
The Best Bird Cake.
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Tilly joined in the great parade
To show the judges what she'd made.
Oh yes, oh yes, there was no mistake;
Tilly's, for certain, was
The Best Bird Cake.
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But pride must come before a fall.
Her cake was heavy and wide and tall.
It began to shudder and then to shake!
It fell on the ground,
That Best Bird Cake!
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A little black bird, who had made a bun,
Showed the judges what she had done.
Though she was only a humble crake
She won the prize for
The Best Bird Cake.
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PADDLERS!


Let's go down to the lake, lads!
Let's dabble our little webbed feet!
For the morning air
Is fresh and fair
And life is very sweet!
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We'll appear to swim so smoothly;
The effect will be somewhat lazy,
But out of sight,
With all our might
We'll be paddling just like crazy!
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5 comments:

California Girl said...

Two lovely poems. Great visuals, lots of fun. Are you a Robt Louis Stephenson(SP?) fan?

Reflections said...

Fabulous - both of these... whimsy, love, pride... all bundled into a spectacular package.

Deborah said...

I loved The Best Bird Cake, and I loved 'We'll be paddling just like crazy!' just lovely :o)

signed...bkm said...

What a wonderful bird tale...and with a wonderful moral to the story...this is a children's book waiting to happen...bkm

Jingle said...

lovely tale.