Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Dancing Rhino

I saw a short video on Facebook that showed an orphaned baby rhino and a lamb who became friends and played together. I loved it so much that it inspired me to write the children's story poem below. You can see a longer version of the video and read more about the true, real-life story of the rhino and lamb who became friends here. (The names of the rhino and lamb in the poem have been changed to protect the innocent.)

The Dancing Rhino

Rex the baby rhino wanted to frolic
like his friend Lily the lamb.
Lily leaped into the air,
as if she were on springs--as if she had wings!
Rex lunged, lurched, and lumbered.
WHAM, SLAM, WHAM, BAM!

Full of glee and enchantment,
Lily bobbled, bubbled, and bounced.
Clumsily, Rex heaved his weight.
He thundered, trampled, and trounced.

"Stop! Stop!" cried the birds at poor Rex.
His stompings shook the trees.
The birds tumbled from the branches.
"Stop your stompings," cried the birds, "Stop it, please!"

Rex felt sad to be scolded.
He wanted to dance and prance,
but he was too big and clumsy.
He couldn't do it--not a chance!

Kind Lily encouraged her friend,
knowing patience and practice pays off.
She showed him how again and again,
giving no heed to the grouchy birds' scoff.

Soon Rex was light on his feet.
He frolicked with sweet Lily by his side.
Who knew a rhino could learn to dance?
Shuffle, shuffle, step, step, glide.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Unique

Unique

“If everyone else jumped off a bridge,
would you jump too?
You need to be yourself, be unique.
To your own self, be true.”

“Why do you have that wild, purple hair?
Don’t you want to fit in?
People are laughing at you.
Don’t you care?”

It seems to me there’s a fine line
between fitting in and standing out.
Sometimes it takes a lifetime
to know what life is all about.

We struggle to make our marks;
to be our own best selves,
because we all want to be special
...just like everyone else.


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Dance in the Fountains ... And a Giveaway!



Dance in the Fountains 

You won't have a choice.

You will spend much of your life 
worrying and working
and doing things you don't want to do.

So to nourish your soul
and revive your spirit,
make sure you also do things 
to take care of you.

Make sure you take time
to dance in the fountains.
Feel the joy of the spray 
as you splatter and splash.

Dance away your troubles
as the water falls around you,
catching the sun 
in sparkle and flash.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Beckoning Beach


Beckoning Beach

Blue twilight skies
hold iridescent clouds
that hide the sinking sun.
Rolling white caps
whisper and whoosh
keeping sandpipers on the run.

The waves embrace 
the cold, wet sand,
sidling closer until within reach.
A gull cries overhead
as the waves retreat 
from the enticing, beckoning beach.

"Come, come, come to the beach.
Write your worries in the sand;
the water will wash them all away.
Collect some shells;
watch the hermit crabs dance."
The beach is beckoning, calling,
"Come, come, come to the sea today."
    

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I will be on a blogging break for a while in order to spend time with my family. I hope the new year brings many blessings to you all.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Family Tree

Family Tree

Take a look at your Christmas tree.
Is yours, like ours, a family history?
Bits of our lives adorn each limb,
scattered among the lights and trim.

Here's an ornament celebrating 
our first Christmas together.
It was such a cold day, with snowy, wintry weather,
but we were warm and cozy inside,
secure in the knowledge that our love would abide.

It wasn't long until our family grew.
We added baby's first Christmas ball in little boy blue.
In a few short years, we added another.
Another blue ornament for a little brother.

Next came handmade treasures
that were made at church and at school.
Bits of ribbon, paper, and glitter
became happy art marking each new yule.

Our hobbies and sports are there on the tree too,
along with the things we love and the things we do.
There are baubles to honor anniversaries and vacations 
that we fondly remember,
and all of these memories come back to us
when the tree goes up each December.

Fragile bits of blown glass from the old five and dime
remind us of another place and another time.
These were left to us by the previous generation. 
They give us reason for reminiscing and contemplation.

Symbols of our faith, are, of course, represented too.
Angels, shepherds, and stars remind us to give proper due
to the real reason for the season, 
the reason we gather around that family tree:
to celebrate the light and love given to us 
that began with the birth of the blessed Baby.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ducks in a Row


Ducks in a Row

"Plan ahead. Be prepared. Be organized."
We grow up being told to get our ducks in a row,
but plans change, the unexpected happens,
and life gets messy, the further along we go.


Sometimes ducks are stolen by predators,
or they swim away, still in sight, but out of reach.
Sometimes ducks have minds of their own.
They swim in circles going nowhere, 
no matter how hard you preach.


You finally realize that some ducks can't be controlled.
So relax! 
Let them swim and quack. 
Take delight in the brilliant sheen 
of the blue and green 
of  their feathers,
and know that, one way or another, 
eventually, 
they'll get back on track,
(and so will you).