Saturday, August 24, 2013

Thinker Toys

I asked my mom for Tinker-Toys,
I thought she understood.
But here’s a box of Thinker-Toys--
Oh, this does not look good!

Instead of spools and wheels and discs
And little wooden poles,
There’s just a stack of paper cards
With printed “Thinking Goals.”

Like “Think about the summer rain,”
And “Think about the breeze,”
And “If a honeycomb could talk,
What would it tell the bees?”

This one card says to “Think alone,”
And one says “Think together,”
And here’s a good one:  “Think about
The feelings of a feather.”

There’s “Think a little,” “Think a lot,”
And “Think of something more,”
And, naturally, there’s “Think of things
You’ve never thunk before.”

The “challenge” cards say “Think or Thwim™”
With riddles overboard!
But there’s no prize for winning,
‘Cause the thought’s its own reward.

And that is all--it’s just these cards!
The only other part
Is one small plastic “action” figure--
Some guy named Descartes.

I’m sure that Mom meant well with these,
Of that I have no doubt.
These Thinker-toys did make me think--
I think I’ll throw them out!

The Juggler

One potato!
Two potato!
Three potato!

Five potato!
Six potato!
Seven potato!

Eight potato!
Nine potato!
Ten potato--

Splash potato!
Mash potato!
Dinner’s on the

Saturday, August 17, 2013

My Sticky Friend

I have a little sticky friend.
He’s really very sticky!
I picked him from the bog outside.
I’m really very picky!

He makes a funny clicking sound--
I love that he’s so clicky!
He flicks his legs in kicks and tricks!
So kicky flicky tricky!

He makes green ick that smells like cheese--
That’s really kinda icky.
Mom said that he should live outside.
Well, that was over quicky!

Twinkle Variations

Twinkle 1

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
Giant ball of gas you are.
With such steamy stellar action,
Thermonuclear reaction!
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
I’ll enjoy you from afar!

Twinkle 2

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Slightly smeary in the sky,
Like a crumb of apple pie.
Wow, I feel like such a dope--
Should have wiped my telescope!

Twinkle 3

Twinkle, twinkle little star,
Hard to play on my guitar!
“Up above the world so high,”
Strum and pick and pluck and sigh.
Every time it comes out wrong--
Guess I’ll try the alphabet song!

Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry cobbler, hot from the oven!
Make a straight line, no pushin’, no shovin’.
Hands to yourself, and keep it quiet,
Then (munch) I will let you try it!

Let it sit and cool now, wait your turn.
Nobody wants a cobbler burn!
Flaky, golden--wait one minute!
Then (crunch) we can all begin it!

Go and get the ice cream, get the dishes.
Look where the filling squirts and squishes!
Bubbly, juicy, hot, and sweet!
Now (slurp) it is time to eat!

One berry each for you and you,
You’ve been really good today--take two!
And that’s all the cobbler that we’ve got--
I guess I didn’t make (burp) a lot!