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Childrens Poetry

Great for bedtime reading.




THE DRAGON WHO PLAYED SOCCER

Last Saturday morning 
was a terrible bore.
The cartoons were all reruns 
and I'd done all my chores.

I went over to billy's
but he wasn't home, 
and no one at tony's 
would answer the phone

We'd usually be swimming 
or riding our bikes.
On Saturday mornings
we do what we like.

So I grabbed my Soccer ball
and went on outside.
I thought I'd kick it, 
against the wall a few times.

I kicked it hard
once just for fun.
Then something behind me
blocked out the sun.

I turned around 
and what did I see?
Well I wasn't quite sure
but it was smiling at me.

It scared me more than a little
I'd say.
So I threw the ball at it 
and ran away. 

I was quite suprised
when he trapped it like that
He juggled it 10 times 
and then passed it right back.

He was as tall as the house, 
and as wide as the wall.
But man did he know 
how to handle a ball

Now he was still smiling, 
which was quite a relief
Considering his height, and his width
and his breath and his teeth.

And just at that moment
he did something weird.
He spoke and he said
hey boy, kick it right here.

Well I did what anyone in my shoes
would have done.
I kicked it again
and started to run.  

He said please dont do that.  
I just want to play.
I love to play soccer,
please, please won't you stay.

Well I did and I'm glad, 
that I decided to stay.
We played soccer
for most of the rest of the day

We practiced or headers
our passes and kicks, 
our throw-ins and dribbling 
our juggling and chips. 

When it was getting quite dark, 
he spoke again.
This time I listened, 
with the ears of a friend.

He said it was time 
for him to depart.
and thanked me from the bottom 
of his Dragon heart.

He said it's getting harder 
to find someone who'll play, 
and that he hoped that a league 
would draft him someday.

He waved his short arms
and then he flew.
and again I found myself 
with nothing to do.



(C) 1997, Richard C. Johns

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