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Arkansas Snowballs

On a December day some years ago
Three boys decide to play in the snow

A snowball fight is what it would be
So they made their piles, counting ... "one, two, three!"

Soon balls were flying all over the place
Sometimes in the chest, sometimes in the face

But the game didn't last as long as you'd think
After just a few hits, to their knees they would sink

So moms loaded them up and drove them away
To the doctor's office, for a hospital stay

The doctor asked one lad, "What happened here, son?"
The boy replied, "Snowball fight...and man, was it fun!"

A questioning look came over doc's face
And he spoke without doubt, not even a trace

"Son, it hasn't snowed here in nearly three years.
 It all turns to rain as soon as it nears."

The boy looked up with a face mighty stern
As if the good doc had something to learn

"Well...we use our imagination, ole doc.
 When we ain't got the snow, we just use a rock."


*This poem was inspired by Heather Ober's poem, 'Snowy Love'
Although this story, unlike most of mine, isn't completely true, we did often substitute dirt clods for snowballs...and many kids went home with black eyes and busted noses.

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  1. Date: 4/19/2013 8:50:00 AM
    I'm glad you used "when" instead of "if." You WILL finish the book! You have no choice, since we'll all bug the heck out of you until you do :)

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 6:03:00 PM
    Well I'm glad I'm not the only one.

  1. Date: 4/11/2013 5:33:00 PM
    Hilarious and cute (: Awesome rhyming and cheer Always, Laura

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 5:35:00 PM
    this is wonderful! i love the way you sneakily lured us to the very clever ending, using rhyme as bait. i very much enjoyed it.

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 3:03:00 PM
    I love your eclectic nature and how you can go back and forth between homespun tales and gorgeous deep poems. Wish I could stay and see your other one but now it's time for me to get going. See ya later, Alligator.

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 2:32:00 PM
    Ow gee..a rock instead of snowballs : )and i used to.think i was naugjty..i must have been a nerd : ).Great story

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 1:27:00 PM
    Hahaha yes! I love this! Even though you say this isn't completely true, I can picture you as a kid giving that doc a stern look. Too cute!

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 1:01:00 PM
    the imagination of children is endless of course, very cute write Caleb, I wanted to stop and take the time to let you know how much I appreciated your comment on my write Angel Wings, you have a good heart, thank you for your support, hugs-x, Royal