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Faraway the Broom

January 12, 2018

STRAW, or FARAWAY the BROOM

Each of the children
was asked to gather
for a broom
a strand of straw.

Then the broom maker
clumped them together,
and tied them to a handle.
Voila a broom.

Pedlers with wagons
of clanging wares
bought the broom
to sell in town.

There a stepmother,
after tough bargaining,
got her a broom
that she carried home,

and forced into the hands
of a cinder girl,
a servant child
who cleaned out the ashes.

She loved her broom
and named it Faraway
because it came
from somewhere better.

One night she swept
the ashes they left
as they traipsed
to the castle ball.

The dust swirled
and turned to magic
that settled to the ground
with someone behind it!

A kind woman who
greeted the girl,
heard her story
and got an idea.

She dressed her up
and set her off
to the castle
in a coach and four.

Yes you know
that this dear girl
who lost that shoe,
married that Prince!

She took from her home
the one thing she loved,
her broom she clutched
in her now clean hands.

She swept out her room,
then the castle clean,
then the kingdom of
most wrong-doers.

And then spic and span,
as most things were,
she gathered to court
the broom maker who

brought all the children
that gathered the straw
for the celebrated broom
known as Faraway!

Picture of Cendrillon from contemporary prints.

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Five Short Kid’s Poems

October 14, 2017

Pipes shake and groan when
Mom turns on the faucet.
The child hears it and says
Squeaky water!

Splish, splash!
Splish, splash!
find some cover
or we’ll all get wet!

“That low star
rests on the mountain,”
said the child
tired from walking.

the Unicorn and Pegasus
fought to determine
which was the best
mythological horse!

if every child
was good as gold
we’d long for silver.

Musea Reading Fund

September 28, 2017

Dear Musea Readers,

Just added $439 to the Musea Reading Fund store credit, for ANYONE to buy ANY classic anything bought at the Lucky Dog Book Chain in Dallas. (I have a couple of thousand in there, so use it up.)

Kids at Work (poem)

May 5, 2017

Kids at Work

My dad says I’m lazy.
there’s work to do.
No more lollygagging!”
But I’m just two!

“I started late.
When I was one
everything was outlawed
especially fun.”

“I worked from sun up
till it went down
and then 10 chores
when I got home.”

“I washed and cleaned
before I could walk.
I worked in the fields
before I could talk.”

“You think you can sponge
off your mother and me
and just lounge around
until you’re three?!?”

Book Baby

April 27, 2017

Book Baby Storefront is another online store for all my books. Each of my book titles is listed separately.

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Cendrillon

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Downtown-With-The-Book-of-Renown

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Library-Planet

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Portraits

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Ten-Short-and-Short-Short-Plays

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Writings-In-Science

Here are four covers.


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