On Mother's Wall

by Esther Thornburg
(Cantril Iowa, USA)

On Mother's Wall

The picture that hung on mothers wall
Held a lesson for us all.

A fat boy in bib overalls
Was gripping the handle of a shovel tall.

A red bandana was wiping his brow.
Digging fish worms is work any how.

Behind him a red tomato can,
It held the worms for fishing plans.

His pet white geese came along that day.
Finding the can of worms they planned to stay.

One had a worm in its beak.
Another was deciding which worm to eat.

A third goose was waiting in line
Knowing this day is going fine.

Mother used to say
Sometimes life goes that way.

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