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Short Words

I did not think the task was hard
To speak in one word form.
"A child can do that well," I said.
"For him it is the norm.

I know this will be fun to do,
I could win the first place prize."
And then I found how tough it is 
To write with words small size.

I tried and tried and tried once more,
Each time big words were there.
I have big thoughts, but must think small,
My bright, bold dreams to share.

Read on dear friend, the words I say
Will jump right off the page
And prove that you can do it too,
Write for the young in age.


Copyright © Joyce Johnson

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  1. Date: 1/14/2013 12:51:00 PM
    A joy to read, Joyce! And yes, it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be...nevertheless, it was fun. Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 1/13/2013 3:27:00 PM
    Simply delightful !!! I had a bit of trouble with this myself...your poem is fabulous and has wonderful rhymes and candance !!! Smiling !!!