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Theo's winter tail

from "63" by mike skliar

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Tadpole Theo was feeling blue
swimming thru the water
supposed to have a tail by now
At least he thought he oughta

His friends and classmates they had tails
By near the end of the fall
But Theo didn’t have one yet
Just no tail at all

When winter came and froze the pond
The tadpoles all did panic
Their tails grew ice like an iceberg does
Like the one that sank Titanic

And off in a secluded part
Of a freezing slushy stew
Theo looked down and there he saw
Something that was new

His tail at last arrived New Year
A happy Theo would hum
This is the biggest change so far
There’s no more ones to come

Fast forward a couple months
Tadpoles all lost their tails
For they had all turned into frogs
Except Theo who failed

The frogs were all captured
By the French Foreign Legion
And sitting in some butter sauce
On plates served on frog season

But Theo the late bloomer
He escaped that sad sad fate
He swam away, and left that scene
What saved him was he was late

He finally turned into a frog
Had a story to tell
Befriended a toad and was written about
By Arnold Lobel

So next time you read Frog and Toad
to your kids, you regale
Now you know the backstory
Of the winter’s tail


from "63", released March 3, 2023


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