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Kids And Rings And Funny Things

Eugene awoke and looked upon
His Mirror in the morning Dawn
He saw himself and stopped to yawn
Then saw instead his friend Antoine.

Well Antoine said ‘come in, come on
I’ll whisk you with this Magic Wand
Then we can journey to the Pond
And sail astride the Silver Swan’.

And once inside the Looking Glass
Amazing conquests came to pass
Before the midday hourglass
Released its sands upon the grass.

Well, first they sought and found the pond
And hypnotized the Silver Swan
To sail them to the edge beyond
To Charles, the Froggy Vagabond.

Well Charles was said to be ‘a King’
Whose Crown was hanging from a String
While hopping with a golden Ring
Just waiting for a Kiss in Spring.

Now Antoine said he’d kiss ‘the King’,
(Or better said ‘the Froggy Thing’)
But Eu refused to do such thing
Unless the Frog removed the Ring.

The Ring transfixed poor Froggy’s Nose
Instead of round his tiny Toes
To keep away the Midnight Crows
As far as anybody knows.

When Froggy’s Nose was finally free
There was a sudden kissing spree
With Ant and Eu (and Swan made three)
To fix the Froggy’s Destiny.

The Rest is rather imprecise.
As to the trio’s Sacrifice
The facts alone should now suffice -
The Pond and Froggy turned to ice.

And Swan became a Toucan Bird,
The strangest thing I ever heard,
Instead of chirp she only purred
And even then she sometimes slurred.

Though Charles the Frog was mighty cold,
Upon the Pond he stiffly strolled
Behind the The Ring that slowly rolled
In search of one more nose to hold.

Well, Eu watched Antoine set the Pace
When beating Toucan in the Race 
To seek and find a warmer Space
In front of Mother’s Fireplace.

So Antoine waved his charmed Baton
And whisked Eu back to Mum’s Salon -
But looking back, Eu’s friend was yon
Behind the silvered Amazon.

Copyright © Terry O'Leary


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  1. Date: 11/28/2015 1:14:00 PM

    Outstanding! Marvelous rhyming quatrains and superb phrasing... BRAVO my friend! Best wishes, Keith
  1. Date: 11/20/2015 2:41:00 AM

    Good luck in the contest... SKAT
  1. Date: 11/7/2015 1:46:00 PM

    great to see you on Soup again, Terry. This has the insight, humour and beautiful flow that I expect from you!
  1. Date: 11/4/2015 9:42:00 AM

    Excuse me: I read SEVERAL of your poems. Thanks for your comment on MY dodoitsus. I'm still battling dementia (ha ha)
  1. Date: 11/4/2015 9:39:00 AM

    Hi Terry: I was definitely in awe of the lovely fairy tale rhyme that I read several of your poem to get a gist of your style. I wish you the best if its in the contest and thanks for your comment on mt dodoitsos.
  1. Date: 10/22/2015 6:16:00 PM

    Terry, you are a wonderful storyteller, I really liked this tale, what an imagination 7 and thanks for visiting my Pantoum, For the Birds ~~
  1. Date: 10/12/2015 8:24:00 AM

    Terry, this is quite an adventure. It is not exactly a happily ever after disney type outcome, but rather more of a dream like experience that I have read several times just to take it all in. Thanks.