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Children's Poems
by Margo Fallis
I Can Do It Better


I Can Do It Better

I can stand on one leg longer than you.

Ive noticed that you always have to stand on two.

Look at me! Look at me! Im standing on one leg.

If you tried to do it, youd look like a wooden peg.

Fern Flamingo boasted and bragged to the others,

Taunting them about their fathers and their mothers.

She stood on one leg as the day passed on.

The others watched her waste her time; all they did was yawn.

Watch me, everyone. I can to it better.

I can stand on one leg. Im a go-getter.

The other flamingoes walked away, not care about Fern.

They hoped that by nightfall thered be a lesson she would learn.

Fern fell asleep, by the light of the stars.

She didnt see Venus, or Jupiter, or Mars.

When she woke up the next day her leg was stiff as can be.

Oh no! My leg is frozen in place. Wont someone come help me?

Fern was so tired and her leg was so sore.

I cant do this. I cant stand on one leg any more.

She let out such a yawn that her feathers started shaking.

Fern had no idea what a ruckus she was making.

Before she could stop herself, the flamingo had tipped over.

She landed in the water near a pile of mud and clover.

Finally her leg bent; she rubbed it up and down.   

All the while she scowled and wore an angry frown.

From that day on, Fern was content just like the others.

She never said a thing about their sisters and their brothers.

She stood on two legs and dropped her bill into the water.

Shed learned to be nice to flamingoes and to otter.


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