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Children's Poems
by Margo Fallis
The Perfect Peacock?


The Perfect Peacock?

“Hello, everybody. Look at me.

I’m the prettiest peacock you’ll ever see.

Aren’t I lovely, look at me now!”

She preened her feathers and shouted, “Wow!”

The other flamingos in the pond

Turned to see who was making such a sound.

“She’s not a peacock! She’s quite strange!”

All the flamingos whispered, out of her range.

“Hello, everybody. Look at me.

Why aren’t you coming to touch, feel free.

My feathers are soft and I have so many shades.”

But the flamingos ignored her and continued to wade.

A tiny flamingo chick flew over to see what was going on.

“You’re not a peacock.” And then he let out a yawn.

“You’re a flamingo. Your feathers look like mine.

You’re not a peacock, a llama, or a swine.”

When the chick walked away, she let out a sigh.

“I’m not a peacock? Oh me! Oh my!

I do look like the others. My feathers are orange too,

With a nice shade of pink and some coral; there’s no blue.”

She shrugged her wings clear up to her neck

And whispered to herself, “I’m a flamingo! What the heck!”

So she stood on one leg and closed her brown eyes

And fell asleep – she’d grown quite wise.


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