NaPoWriMo: Plant a Poem in a Tale

NOTE: My all-time favorite kids book is, hands down The Tawny Scrawny Lion by Kathryn Jackson with pictures by Gustaf Tenggren. There is something so much more than a hungry lion happening in the book. It’s about courage, daring, unexpected circumstances, discovering joy and happiness, but most of all, it’s about my favorite line:

If I were a lion on the bravely hunt

I’d insist that my prey be polite

Because as King of the Sahara, let me be blunt

I’m one of culinary delight.

I loved monkeys on Monday

Roos on the Tues.

Zebras on Wednesday

Thursdays were a bear roaring blues

I chased Friday camels with their  split toes

By Saturday, elephants were as fast as I could go.

They didn’t feel safe and I didn’t feel sated

Even though each week, we all kept our dateds

Until that fat little rabbit came to count my ribs

When he mentioned his nine siblings

I prac-ti-cal-ly came undid!

I wished nothing more than to push bones to clutter

Feeling sleek as satin and fat as butter.

I followed the rabbit as he foraged for food

But man, he took so long, I thought, “One gulp should be good.”

But I refrained as he refrained his nine sibling kin

Would soon be making a tasty din-din!

Instead they filled me with vegetable stew

Topped me off with berries, then sang songs like fools

And for the first time in my life, with all dice rolled in

I was “fat as butter and sleek as satin.”

The Tawny Scrawny Lion NaPoWriMo

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2 comments on “NaPoWriMo: Plant a Poem in a Tale

  1. Elena says:

    Lovely poem and a nice tribute to the book. Well done. 🙂

  2. Linda Looney says:


    “Love as God loves and live as Jesus lived” Rev. Tim TenClay


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