The Object of Pursuit of an Inner-Saboteur

14/03/2010

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Today is Mothering Sunday. Hope every Mum receives lots of extra hugs and kisses from her children, hope today is very very special 🙂

Here’s a story I wrote for my kids a couple of weeks ago. I know, I know…still a bit clunky, but as soon as I stop procrastinating I’ll sort it out 🙂

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“Alfie Brown’s Day Off School”

The winter was snowy               

And turned the world white.

The village of Giggleswick

Woke from a very cold night.

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The kettles got busy,

The dogs wagged their tails.

The adults kept yawning

And moved slower than snails.

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The parents poached eggs

And the children had toast,

On crisp Monday morning

Decorated by frost.

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The voice on the radio

Advised to keep warm.

It said the school’s closed

Due to the snowstorm.

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Most children went out

To build a snowman,

But young Alfie Brown

Had his own curious plan.

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“That’s cool,” he grinned

And ran to his room.

“I’ll set up my rocket

For launch this afternoon.”

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He put on his spacesuit

And helmet with microphone.

Then spoke to space traffic control

With a professional tone.

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“The Moon expedition

Is ready for …”

Alfie stopped talking

And stared at the floor.

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He rubbed his eyes,

Then dropped his toy,

Because in front of him

Stood the tiniest boy.

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“Who are you?” asked Alfie.

“And how did you get here?

I’m busy commanding.

You must not come near.”

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“My rocket is ready

To fly to the Moon,

So cover your ears

In case it goes BOOM!”

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The little boy shivered

And whispered: “Hello,

I’m Peter the Crumbeater

And I live one floor below.”

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“My house has been frozen

For three days and three nights now,

So I have been sleeping

Inside your old nightgown.”

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Alfie looked puzzled.

“One floor below?

There’s nothing down there

Except for the burrow.”

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“It’s under your floorboards.

I don’t need much space,”

Said Peter the Crumbeater

With a smile on his face.

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“Your rocket looks awesome!

Please let me watch.

It’s so exciting

To countdown for launch.”

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“I’ve eaten your cheese crumbs

And I’d like to repay

By helping your mission.

So, what do you say?”

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Alfie considered,

Then said, “Please do.

The mission’s success

Depends on its crew”.

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“Thank you, Commander,”

Said Peter saluting.

“I’m waiting for orders,

Whatever needs doing.”

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They opened all windows

Facing east side of town.

Then took the positions

And started the countdown.

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The rocket reached ceiling,

Then fell on Alfie’s head.

It gave him two bruises

And crashed on his bed.

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They tried five more times

Without any luck.

The rocket hit furniture

And kept getting stuck.

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“I have an idea,”

Said Peter excited.

“I’m small enough

To fit in inside it.”

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“Fantastic!” yelled Alfie

And helped Peter in.

Explained the controls

And checked rocket’s engine.

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“Have fun and eat

As much as you please.

The moon’s made of crackers

And best kind of cheese.”

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Alfie then waved

 And shouted: “Goodbye!”

Peter waved back

And gave him a smile.

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He flew out the window

And above the tall trees.

Towards the Moon

Made out of cheese.

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All boys and girls,

Please don’t forget

To wave to Peter

Who flies in his rocket.

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He flies round the Moon

And turns the stars on.

He eats cheese for lunch

And sleeps at dawn.

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