Monday, June 4, 2012

THE FARMER AND THE QUEEN (in honor of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee)

by Shel  Silverstein

"She's coming," the farmer said to the owl.
"Oh, what shall I, what shall I do?
Shall I bow when she comes?
Shall I twiddle my thumbs?"
The owl asked, "Who?"

"The Queen, the Queen, the royal Queen--
She'll pass the farm today.
"Shall I salute?" he asked the horse.
The horse said, "Nay."

"Shall I give her a gift?" he asked the wren.
"A lovely memento for her to keep?
An egg or a peach or an ear of corn?"
The wren said, "Cheap."

"But should I curtsy or should I cheer?"
Oh, here's her carriage now.
What should I do?" he asked the dog.
The dog said, "Bow."

And so he did, and so she passed,
Oh tra lala lala,
"She smiled, she did"  he told the sheep.
The sheep said, "Bah."


TALON said...

My kind of tribute, Leenie. :)

TexWisGirl said...

too cute!

Anonymous said...

Little critters weren't too impressed were they?

CarrieBoo said...

I'd like to see the Queen on a farm...

Linda Sue said...


Joanne Noragon said...

Great word play. The queen is quite a woman; I imagine her smiling.

Sarah said...

Sweet poem! And I would love to meet you too!

susan m hinckley said...

Love, love, love! This was the bright spot in my day, Leenie. Thank you!

Elizabeth said...

What fun, Leenie!
I'm a Jubilee fan though far from home!


Terry and Linda said...

PRFECT, Leenie!I too, cheer the Queen!


Carla said...

Mr. Silverstein is one of our favorite poets. Never fails to entertain the kids.