Would you give a pillow
To a sleepy Armadillo
Or your favorite purple mittens
To a playful pair of kittens
Would you wrap your winter coat
Around a chilly Billy Goat?
Or share a laugh
With a Giraffe?
Would you hold the elevator
For an eight foot alligator?
Then help a sleek and spotted Leopard
Have his salad salt and peppered?
While you twang upon a harp
To cheer a homesick Asian Carp?
Would you permit a Grizzly Bear
To snooze in Grandma’s rocking chair?
And that Tiger, stripes and claws
Would you toss truffles in his jaws?
They’re a decent-seeming bunch
What fun! We’ll ask them all to lunch
Now, though the crowd’s got somehow thinner
Let’s ask if they’ve made plans for dinner
Oh, stay, please stay!
And as the diners dine their way
Through several courses and dessert
Some less discreet, and some overt
At last you recall,
Beasts have manners that appall
So when dinner is done, and you’ve signed for the bill
You thank them for coming: It’s been lovely, such fun!
And you offer your hand and your cheek to each one
Oh, let’s do it again, just as soon as you’re free…
Only, I’ve just remembered, I’m as sad as can be:
I have plans for the future, the present, the past,
So I fear we must call this first dinner, our last.
J. Mesch has written several children’s picture ebooks, some short fiction, and occasional and light verse. She has written light verse and children’s verse for frum Jewish readers, and her picture book “The Growing Tree” illustrated and published by JCBC was just reviewed at Sarah Rivkah Kohn’s blog slieber face.wixsite.com