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Children's Poems
by Margo Fallis
Let go of Your Tail!

Let go of Your Tail!

Tam, the tiger held his tail all day and all night.

When other jungle animals saw him, they thought him quite the sight.

The monkeys came around each day to poke fun and to giggle.

“Let go of your tail!” The animals called out.

“It’s time to come and play with us. Let go!”  The monkey would shout.

Tam pulled and tugged his tail; it made him feel secure and safe.

He even held while he slept; he held it when he bathed.

One day two bugs ran up to him and presented an idea.

“If you let go of your long tail, I’ll share a secret,” said Mia.

“Follow us,” the other said, so Tam stood and chased after.

They stopped in the savannah and listened to the laughter.

“Have a look,” Mia said. “I think you’ll find a surprise.”

Tam glanced behind a baobab. He could not believe his eyes.

There were ten more tigers; some big ones and some small.

He let go of his tail and ran to join them all.

They ran through the tall grasses; they ran behind the trees.

The animals of the jungle smiled; all seemed to be quite pleased.

Tam never held his tail again; he didn’t need or have to.

He’d been very very lonely; now he had friends, quite a few.

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