Song of a Shell
by Violet Cuslidge
I held a sea shell to my ear, and listened to its tale
Of vessels bounding o’er the main and all the ships that sail.
It sang of brilliant water flowers, the bright anemones
That bloom beneath the ocean waves tossed in from seven seas.
A caterpillar crawled from an egg so small.
He was hungry and wanted to eat,
So he ate and ate all the leaves around
Grew very fat.and ready to sleep
I’m full he said and then spun a cocoon,
And went to sleep inside by the light of the moon.
All winter he didn’t make a peep.
Then spring came and the sun warmed everything
And he came out, dried his wings and flew away. . . a beautiful moth!
An elephant goes like this and that.
He’s very very big and he’s very very fat.
He has no fingers and he has no toes,
But goodness gracious what a nose!
Little Arabella Miller had a fuzzy caterpillar.
First it climbed upon her mother.
Then it climbed upon her baby brother.
They said, “Arabella Miller put away your caterpillar.”
There was a little grasshopper
That was always on the jump,
And because he never looked ahead,
He always got a bump!
“The best advice that I can give,”
Said the centipede’s mother,
Is to put your best foot forward,
Then another and another
And another and another,
Dancin Daddy Longlegs
Daddy longlegs on my window,
Does a Tap dance on the pane,
First he scurry’s up and sideways,
Then he dances down again.
With skinny bending legs all waving,
His chubby belly-body sways.
I see him doing a wriggly action.
I could watch him dance for days!
Sometimes a song make a nice little poem to learn!
Big Burly Bumblebee buzzing through the grass
When the warm summer sun made drowsy the land,
A dragonfly came and sat on my hand.
With a blue jointed body and wings like spun glass
It lit on my fingers as though they were grass.
The nose of a bunny is twitchy and funny.
His furry ears flippity flop.
His tail you can see is as small as can be.
But my, how his hind legs can hop!
A Funny Bunny
Here is the Bunny with ears so finny ( 2 fingers flopped)
Here is the hole in the ground. ( fist other hand)
Each noise that he hears, he perks up his ears,
And leaps in his hole with a bound!
The Little Turtle
There was a little turtle.
He lived in a box.
He swam in a pond.
He climbed on the rocks.
He snapped at a mosquito.
He snapped at a bee.
He snapped at a minnow,
And he snapped at me.
He caught the mosquito.
He caught the flea.
He caught the minnow.
But he didn’t catch me!
There’s a wide eyed owl with a pointed nose,
Feathers horns for ears and talons for toes.
He lives high up in a tree.
He can see a mouse far away, flap his big wings,
And say whooo, whooo
Five little owls in an old elm tree,
Fluffy and puffy as an owls can be
Blinking and winking with big round eyes
At the big round moon up in the skies.
As I passed beneath I could hear one say,
There’ll be mouse for supper today.
Then all of them hooted who oooooo whooooo whooooo whoooooo
Yes mouse for supper whooooooo whooooo whooooo whoooooo
Something told the wild geese it was time to go.
Though the fields lay golden, something whispered snow.
Leaves were green and stirring, berries luster glossed,
But beneath warm feathers something cautioned – “Frost.”
Peck, peck, peck
On the warm brown egg
Out comes a neck
Out comes a leg.
How does a chick
Who’s not been about,
Discover the trick
Of how to get out?
Quack, Quack, Quack
Here comes the daddy with his great big feet. (stamp, stamp)
Neat comes the mommy with her feathers so neat.(pat hair)
Then come the babies all in a row(walk with hands waving behind back)
Waddle, waddle, waddle
There they go! ( waddle as you walk around)
I waddle when I walk.
I quack when I talk,
And I have webbed toes on my feet.
Rain coming down makes me smile, not frown,
And I dive for something to eat!
The Box Turtle
There was a little turtle
He lived in a box
He swam in a puddle
He climbed on the rocks
He snapped at a mosquito
He snapped at a flea
He snapped at a minnow
And he snapped at me
He caught the mosquito
He caught the flea
He caught the minnow
But he didn’t catch me!
Little turtle, little turtle fast asleep
The little turtle little turtle starts to creep.
Out he pokes his little head.
“What a beautiful world” he said.
Herbert the Turtle
Herbert the Turtle
Has a house on his back
He crawls in the soil
And his tail leaves a track.
If it starts to rain,
He pulls in his head.
When the days grow cold,
He finds a lake bed.
Snug in the sand,
He’ll sleep until spring
And come out when the robin sings.