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Children's Poems
by Margo Fallis
Doing the Splits


Johnny was a brave boy who liked to do new tricks,
Like standing on a twenty foot high pile of bricks.
His mother often warned him that one day he would fall,
But Johnny just ignored her; he didn’t listen at all.

One day while she was out at the shops, Johnny had a thought;
He pulled up two chairs, the new ones his mother bought.
He put them close together and climbed right up on top
And stood on the backs; he even did a hop!

Just as Johnny thought he’d found the best trick of all
The chairs slid apart and rolled around, like a ball.
The further they moved, the more his legs went straight.
Soon he was doing the splits and hoped Mum wouldn’t be late.

He stayed that way for hours and his legs started to ache.
Johnny was afraid that one of them might break.
When his mother came home, she dropped her bags on the floor.
She didn’t know quite what to do when she walked through the door.

She walked over to her son and grabbed him ‘round the waist,
Scolding him to get down in a hurry, no time to waste.
He fell into her arms and she caught him on count of three,
told him to go to his room and canceled his party.

Johnny stopped doing his tricks after that long day.
From then on he found other games to play.
He’d never forget the time he did the splits on the two chairs
And was so very frightened, but then really, nobody cares.


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