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Children's Poems
by Margo Fallis
The Pot

The Pot

“How did we end up in this pot?

You told me before, but I forgot.

We were walking along, pecking away;

Now we’re stuck in this pot to cook all day.”

The other two chickens looked at each other.

One cried out, “I want my mother.”

It did no use; they were stuck real tight,

Though they tried to get out, using all of their might.

“I know the answer,” the middle one said.

I dreamed all about it when we were in bed.

A spaceship came down from the stars high above

And beamed us up; we were as light as a dove.”

“Nonsense,” said one. “A spaceship? No way!

Tell me how to escape this big pot, s’il vous plait.”

Just then they found themselves in a shadow.

A spaceship had flown out from the meadow.

It hovered above them, the chickens looked up.

“Now I’ve seen everything. I’d better shut up.”

A beam of light, as bright as the sun

Shot from the spaceship and touched down on one.

The chicken clucked and then flew out of the pot.

“My turn is next. I’m getting too hot.”

The biggest chicken pushed the other out of the way

And waited impatiently for the spaceship’s ray.

Within a few seconds all three chickens were safe and sound

On a spaceship of aliens, homeward bound.

The chickens gave up any hope of returning,

But at least they were not in the pot hot and burning.

As they flew into space, out the window they peered.

“Goodbye Earth. I’m feeling really weird.”

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