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.