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Children's Poems
by Margo Fallis
All in a Row


Jan never had a friend of his own.
He played by himself all day long.
Until one day, when much to his surprise,
He heard a boy singing a song.

Jan followed the music and what did he see;
A boy in green birthday hat.
He said, “Hello, is it your special day?”
And the boy answered, “Yes, it is at that.”

The boy’s name was Ben and he said to Jan,
“Would you like to be my friend today?”
Jan smiled and put his arm around the boy,
“I sure would; now can we go and play?”

Jan and Ben ran around the park singing loud,
When they saw a girl all alone on a swing.
“Would you like to be our friend,” Jan said;
The girl smiled and threw her arms up in a fling.

“My name is Sue,” she said to the boys.
They put their arm around her and danced through the park,
Eating ice creams and sweets all the day long
And stayed there until it was dark.

Jan, Ben and Sue clapped their hands with joy
As they played hide and seek in the trees.
They spotted a boy who sat in the grass,
Reading a book and shooing away the bees.

“Would you like to be our friend,” Jan said;
The boy stood and said his name was Bill.
“Come with us,” Ben said, and they sang, danced and laughed
As they ran up and down a big hill.

Bill, Sue, Jan and Ben put their arms ‘round each other
And ran down to the beach to look for shells.
There they saw a boy with a head full of red curls,
Sitting near a church, listening to the ringing of the bells.

“Would you like to be our friend,” Jan said.
He jumped up and ran down to the beach.
“I’d love to,” the boy named Lee did say,
And the five held each other in their reach.

They ran through the town, and they ran up the street
And they stopped in front of the candy shop.
A boy in a beret stood gaping at the sweets,
Occasionally jumped and skipped with a hop.

“Would you like to be our friend,” Jan said.
The boy took the beret off his head.
“I’d love to.” Bob laughed and the six went inside
To buy licorice and slices of baked bread.

Sue, Jan, Ben and Bill, Lee and Bob
Darted up the hill and rolled down, landing in a pile.
There they saw a girl, who did nothing but frown.
Jan said, “I wish that she’d try to smile.”

Nan saw the kids running towards her
And she turned and faced them with a glare.
“Would you like to be our friend,” Jan said.
“You have such pretty golden hair.”

So Jan and Ben and Bill, Lee and Bob
Took Sue and Nan by their hand;
They lined up in a row, with their arms on each other;
And became the best friends in all of the land.


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