“What’s for dinner?” asked the snail from the rusty garden pail.
“Some lettuce and banana,” cried the skinny, young Iguana.
“The compost heap smells great … Hurry up! You’re running late.”
“I can’t go any faster,” wailed the snail as Ig raced past her.
“What’s for dinner?” asked the kid as he paddled near a squid.
“Some shrimp and little fish,” said the squid. “A tasty dish.
The water’s warm and fine. Come on in so we can dine.”
“The surf’s too deep and rough, so I’ll fetch my brothers Gruff.”
“What’s for dinner?” barked the dog as she raced towards a hog.
“I’m slurping applesauce. Can you guess the second course?”
“A Dagwood Dog or two? I don’t know. Give me a clue.”
“It’s frozen, in a cuppy. Starts with ‘S’ and ends with ‘Puppie’.”
“What’s for dinner?” purred the cat on the dusty, worn-out mat.
“Swiss cheese and raisin toast,” squeaked the mouse beside a post.
“I’d rather catch fresh meat,” yawned the cat. “A little treat.
My tummy cries for food and my eyes are set on ___.”
- Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #20
Lynette said: I wanted the poem to have internal rhyme and be a guessing game.
Hello dear Goose
Hello dear Goose, it’s time for tea
So please come over and sit with me
I have some cakes and a sticky bun
I think that we shall have some fun
Buster goat has brought some bread
And although he carried it on his head
With strawberry jam and Vegemite
I’m sure that it will taste alright
Thank you Duck, it does look sweet
I’m glad he didn’t use his feet!
Oh look dear Goose, the Man in the Moon
Do you think that we can go there soon?
Of course Duck dear, we both shall fly
Out of the night, into the sky
Just close your eyes and rest your head
And tuck your feet up in the bed
For when you dream the moon you’ll see
And the Man within shall give you tea!
Oh look dear Goose, it is the sun
Is he smiling down on everyone?
Or is his radiance just for me
For I am a good little duck you see?
Of course Duck dear, he shines for you
And all the other creatures too
He gives us light and makes us warm
And dries us out after a storm
Oh dear Goose, how very clever
I hope the sun shall shine forever!
- Rose has written, illustrated and self published two books for children, The Adventures of Duck and Goose and Another Adventure for Duck and Goose. ‘Each ended with a little poem,’ said Rose. ‘I have continued to write little poems about them. Duck, Goose and others live with me on a little farm in Verona on the far south coast of NSW.’