A Little Girl’s Adventure

The little girl looks back toward her home
She has gone where she is not to roam
Curls blowing in the wind as if never touched by a comb
To each side the grass is green, centered between a path of loam
Skipping down the path she went, happy as a garden gnome

Along her side is the cat that’s black
Her search for adventure she did not lack
Suddenly before her stood the guardian geese ready to attack
With them stood one lone duck who did not quack
To herself she thought, if she had a stick she could give them one big whack

Frustrated now because the geese would not disappear
Their taunting honks she did hear
With outstretched necks, they were a sight she didn’t endear
Their intent to strike at her it did appear
She turned in failure, on this day she could not face this fear

Tomorrow was another day
From her adventure she would not stray
Again she would go walking through the hay
Hoping that on that day the geese would run away
With determination she knew she would soon find her way

The adventure was more important than any other
Even though she had been warned by her mother
Her fears that day she would smother
This adventure was not to be replaced  by another
Her mission on that day was only to see her beloved grandmother.

Skeltonic verse is a form of poetry named after John Skelton, an English writer who lived in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. It consists of short, irregular, rhyming lines, which produce a rapid-fire, tumbling effect. In fact, skeltonics are also known as “tumbling verse.” Skeltonic verse is intended to be lighthearted and fun.  Near rhymes are often used, as well as an irregular meter.
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