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Children's Poems
by Margo Fallis
Which Way do I go?

Amber’s mom drew her a map so she could find the way
To get to her grandpa’s house before lunch time that day.
She put a big red X on it so Amber would not get lost;
“Hurry dear; I heard today we just might have a frost.”

So Amber took the map in handed and headed out the door.
On her way she looked up high and saw an eagle soar.
She watched a yellow butterfly, then a fish swimming in the stream.
It felt so good to be outside and feel the warm sunbeams.

When she stopped to read the map, she didn’t know where she was.
“I wasn’t paying attention, now I’m lost. What a silly willy I was.”

She spotted a group of animals standing by a tree.
“Do any of you know how to read a map? Could you please help me?”
The bear looked at the paper. “Sure. You go that way.”
The duck let out quite a quack. “You’re wrong. You go the other way.”

The raccoon pointed to the north, the rabbit to the south.
The bluebird pointed with her wing; she had a worm in her mouth.
The caterpillar crawled on the branch. He didn’t know where to go.
He said, “Why don’t you follow the river? It meanders just so so.”

Amber let out a deep sigh. “My grandpa’s waiting for me.
I should have paid attention. Now I’m standing here by your tree.”
Just then she heard a voice. “Amber, where are you?”
It was her grandpa calling for her. She ran to him. “I miss you!”

He took her by the hand and led her to his house in the woods.
The animals smiled, quite happy they were, and then they looked for food.
From that day on when Amber had a map held in her hand,
She always followed directions as she traveled across the land.

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