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Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)
TITLE: Something Awful is Lurking About
By Jennie Hilligus
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The house was now silent, for all were tucked in.
When in a split second, from no where at all
Came a terrible cry and a beckoning call.
From down a dark hallway a young boy said,
“I saw something AWFUL right under my bed!”
Dad gallantly scurried to rescue the boy;
Bumping kneecaps and toes on every stray toy.
“I saw him!” the boy cried. “He’s horribly green,
With huge eyes and mouth that look violently mean.
Please do something QUICK! Get him out of my room.
He’ll probably eat us if you don’t find him soon!
So Dad knelt on one knee and he took a deep breath.
Then bravely he peaked – though expecting his death.
But what he discovered, as he hastened to see,
Was a poor alligator more frightened than he.
“Why do you tremble and refuse to come out?”
Dad fretfully asked, as he tugged on his snout.
The scared gator sniffled and began to explain,
“Well how would you feel to be called such names?
My mouth and my tail may be large, that is true.
And my color may not be exactly like you.
But that’s really no reason to make up your mind,
And assume that I’m awful and must be unkind.”
The boy hung down awkwardly over the bed,
He felt quite ashamed for all he had said.
“My name is Edgar,” he spoke with a grin,
“I just got to thinking, would you be my friend?”
Then the gator slid shyly from under the bed.
He held out his claw and said, “Hi there, I’m Ted!”
From that moment on, the two played quite nice.
They discovered that all should heed this advice.
Don’t ever judge others by how they might seem.
Just give ‘em a chance to be part of your team.
And what’s most important – without a doubt;
You may like the fellow who’s lurking about!
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