Slow And Steady (Based on the Tortoise and the Hare)
This is one of my first poems......
I wrote this in the sixth-grade when we were given a class-assignment to write a story adaptation on THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE. And I just HAPPENED to ask my teacher if we could write it in poem form instead; to my delight, she said yes! We had half-an-hour to write a story and I scribbled down my poem as fast as I could. This is the poem I 'scribbled down frantically, '- unchanged. And though it's childish.... I'll never be able to forget that first stepping stone.
As usual an argument
An argument arose
In the poppy field
Next to the red rose
It was between the mouse and the cat
(No worse enemies existed than that!)
In the end they had a bet
Whoever won, he would get
The poppy field for his own to live in
While the one who lost would be given
'Exile, banished from here forever! '
Said the cat (who really was very clever.)
The mouse thought: 'What nonsense!
But it'll be ME who'll win
And that cat will have to live
In the garbage bins! '
But before the mouse could get a word out,
The cat who had been prancing about
Cleared his throat, 'I declare!
The competition shall be judged by the hare.
We are going to have a magnificent race,
Poor mousie won't be able to keep up the pace! '
There mouse stood, flabbergasted as ever!
Really, that cat, was sly and clever,
He knew mouse couldn't run at all!
He'd just trip over his tail and fall!
But (though worried he was) he had to do it,
Yes, mouse had to go and prove it,
He would run faster than any cat,
He would run like the wind and knock- them- flat!
The next day dawned, pearly and white,
But the poor mouse was pale with fright!
As he stood in his place
Ready for the race
The cat yawned, as if bored with all this!
When the starting goose gave a hiss,
'Ready, set, GO! 'Shouted the hare aloud
The cat ran fast, leaving behind a cloud
Of dust, and the mouse ran as fast as he could
'I'll win this race! I'd do anything to, I would! '
As the cat ran ahead he couldn't help but think:
'There's no way that the mouse can pass me! '
I got ahead in an eye's blink!
Why don't I settle down for a nap?
I have to run only one more lap,
I can rest my eyes for just a little while,
Mouse probably hasn't even run half a mile!
There don't seem to be any chances
Of mousie passing me, I'll win, I'll win! '
And he made quite a din.
The cat settled down in the shade,
Of a tree in a peaceful glade.
He slept soundly, till the mouse had gone on ahead
While the cat was snoozing on his primrose bed!
When the cat finally rose, it was just too late!
And though he ran fast (in a bedraggled state.)
He just couldn't make it, the mouse had got the lead
And crossed the finish line (leaving the cat in defeat! !)
The mouse had won, he'd proved Cat wrong,
Who walked away, singing a mournful song:
'I was boastful and full of myself, it's true
And now I've lost the race, I don't know what to do!
I'm sorry that I looked at mouse with scorn! '
And the cat traipsed by, looking forlorn.
' Dear Cat, you're looking blue, '
Said the mouse, 'I feel sorry for you.
How about we divide the Poppy field
Between us, one half for me, the other for you? '
And of course the cat agreed!
He'd learned a lesson indeed!
'Slow and steady wins the race.'
Said the mouse, in first place....
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