Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Who's There?

"Knock, knock!"
"Who's there?"
"A platypus."
"How could you be a platypus?
A platypus is small and furry
and never, ever in a hurry;
its nose is long and wide and flat;
its feet are webbed — you aren't like that.
Forgive me if I don't concur,
but platypine you aren't, I'm sure."

"Knock, knock!"
"Who's there?"
"A brontosaurus."
"No, you are not a brontosaurus!"
"Am too."
"Are not! A brontosaurus
lived a million years before us.
He's awfully big and very tall.
No, you are not like that at all.
I hate to put you on the spot,
but brontosaurusish you're not."

"Knock, knock!"

"Who's there?"
"A great white shark."
"A great white shark? Don't make me laugh!
A great white shark lives in the sea,
not right across the hall from me!
He's very fast, his teeth are vicious;
he swims around and gobbles fishes;
he's never fearful of the dark.
You cannot be a great white shark."

"Knock, knock!"
"Who's there?"
"Your little brother."
"Aha! Well, now you've gone too far.
My little brother is a pest.
He never, ever lets me rest;
he's always doing things he shouldn't
and bothering me. No, you couldn't
be him — you're too polite, by far.
Say ... wait a minute! Oh! You are!"

— Ender


This poem is dedicated to my new friend and prolific artist/illustrator, Tom Brannon. If you or one of your children have ever read a Sesame Street book, chances are you've seen some of Tom's art: http://bit.ly/RrMRfT. I don't know what he gets paid to do his work, but it looks like he has fun with it ... and he's a personal friend of Elmo!

Click for Amazon list of Tom's books

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