Do You Think God Said Oops? celebrates in poetry the strange and amazing animals, plants and people in this world.
It isn’t about the cute, cuddly creatures.
I write about “the octopus, anteater, ostrich or sloth, or a scaly iguana or giant green moth,” wondering why God created such strange things, and imagining that “it must be like playing, it must be like fun to make planets and stars and the moon and the sun, to make zebras and peacocks, and daffodils too, and to make moms and dads and to make me and you!”
Do You Think God Said "Oops"?
Do you think God said, “Oops,” when He made the giraffe?
Did He stop and say, “Hmmm, will that make people laugh?”
When He made fish like clowns was he fooling around?
Was He mean to make blind moles that live underground?
When He gave us the porcupine what did He think -
Or the stink bug, mosquito; the skunk or the skink -
Or the octopus, anteater, ostrich or sloth,
Or a scaly iguana or giant green moth!
And it’s not just the animals that are bizarre;
You’ll find plants that are really strange, both near and far.
There are fly-eating plants that will make you go “eew,”
And the jack-in-the pulpit is pretty weird too.
You had better watch out for those thistles and thorns,
Because plants can be sharp just like claws, fangs and horns.
There are trees that are twisted with bark that is rough
And they hang for dear life on a cliff or a bluff . . .
The Brainkeeper Team
When it’s bedtime at night
Some kids put up a fight.
And they might even whimper and weep.
They say, “No, I won’t go!”
But I guess they don’t know
What amazing things happen in sleep.
While you snooze in your bed,
What goes on in your head?
Let’s imagine that we could just see:
You may not be aware,
There are workers in there
Who are tinier than a green pea.
They’re the Brainkeeper Team
And they work while you dream.
Taking care of your thinking machine.
While your brain is at rest
They are doing their best
To make sure that it’s tidy and clean.
They will sweep up and mop
From the bottom to top,
As they quietly work through the night.
They wipe off all the dust
And remove any rust,
And make everything spotless and bright. . . .
I REALLY WANT A HORSE
A lot of folks have cats and dogs
They’re popular, of course,
But I don’t want what most folks want;
I really want a horse.
We’ve had two cats for quite a while,
And I guess they’re OK.
They prowl around and play at night,
And then they sleep all day.
They don’t make any kind of mess,
They’re really very calm,
But when it comes to cuddling,
They always go to Mom.
A horse would be an awesome pet,
Much better than a cat.
A horse is strong and gives you rides,
And you just can’t beat that!
Yes, cats have fur that’s nice and soft.
They’re kind of pretty too.
I love their dainty little feet,
and it’s cute when they mew.
But horses are so beautiful;
their eyes are big and black.
And when you love a horse, I think
he really loves you back.