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Children's Poems
by Margo Fallis
Hurry, Hurry up the Tree

Hurry, Hurry up the Tree

Huge black ant spotted a tree;

It was larger than most, but so was he.

The ant climbed on the scratchy bark

Of the tree that was growing in the park.

He ran to the top and then back down,

Then up again without a sound.

All day long the ant did the same,

Playing some sort of up and down game.

As the sun set that night, the ant grew weary.

He even cried because he felt rather teary.

So he leaped to the ground and slept under a leaf

And snored the night away, grinding his teeth.

While he was asleep a snail came along,

Singing and swaying to his favorite song.

He saw the tree and looked up to the top

And started to climb with a kick and a hop.

He moved real slow, as snails often do,

As he gazed at the stars spread ‘cross the carpet of blue.

At sunrise the ant, who was now wide awake,

Went for a swim in a cool, deep lake.

He ran back to the tree and was ready to go

When he spotted the snail going up real slow.

“Hurry! Hurry up the tree,” the ant cried

And ran up the tree and stopped by the snail’s side.

“You’re in my way and ruining my fun.

Get out of my way; I’m getting hot in the sun.”

The snail turned and smiled at the angry ant.

“I’d hurry, but you see, I’m a snail and I can’t.”

After waiting and waiting on the snail all day long,

The ant climbed back down. “This is really quite wrong.”

With a sigh he looked over and saw a tree big as can be.

“I’ll just move to this one, it’s the same to me.”

All day long he ran up and he ran down

With a grin on his face, not a sign of a frown.

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