I Babysat (Once)
I was pushing the buggy one day
When my grip on the handle gave way
And it started to roll
downhill out of control
With my sister still snoozing away.
She rolled through the center of town.
Still asleep through the deafening sound,
Of barks and bow-wow-as
of the beagles, Chihuahuas
And mutts at the city dog pound.
Past Main street and Elm rolled my sister
It’s amazing that all the cars missed her.
She moved with the ease
of a cool evening breeze
But the speed of a level 3 twister.
I found her off Highway 19
Having gone through the carwash machine.
With a lemony smell
(They had waxed her as well)
I brought her back home nice and clean.
— Brian P. Cleary
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From Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry
Come romp with me amongst the words/Come play amongst the phrases/Swing and climb from pun to rhyme/And hop through versey mazes. Swim through rivers thick with thought/Rejoice from head to toe-etry. Beat your drums and shake your bums/And dance the dance of poetry. From the author of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical™ series, this playful poetry collection includes limericks, puns, palindromes, and more. Short annotations explain the various forms and terms of poetry used.