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Children's Poems
by Margo Fallis
"What did you say?"


"What did you say?"

Potter, the parrot perched all day on a stick.

He copied every word he heard with an accent so thick.

Nobody could understand him when he spoke in Portugese.

Not even the other parrots, not even when Potter sneezed.

One day a little boy named Paul stood in front of the parrot cage.

He said, “Want a cracker?”, but Potter snarled and showed his rage.

Instead of repeating the words that Paul had said,

Potter spoke in Portugese then pecked Paul on the head.

A little girl named Victoria stopped to speak to Potter too.

She very politely asked him, “How do you do?”

Potter squawked and flapped his wings and repeated what she said,

But Victoria didn’t understand so she ran off instead.

Everyone that passed him by tried to understand his words,

But Potter wasn’t like the others; he was a strange sort of bird.

The sun was out; the sky was blue when a man all dressed in red,

Stood in front of Potter and spoke Portugese, saying he just got out of bed.

Potter was delighted that the man could understand,

So they spoke together for a while; both thought it was quite grand.

Every day from then on the man in red came by,

Spoke to Potter, brought him treats, like cookies and pie.


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