William and the Train

This poem was written especially for an awesome kid named William! His mom, Kiah, won the official Mother Streusel Facebook Contest. Congratulations to them both!

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William sat quietly

Doing puzzles with a cat,

When he heard a funny sound

Go rat-a-tat-a-tat.

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It wasn’t like a drum.

It didn’t sound like rain,

But when he heard the whistle,

He knew it was a train.

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Sure enough a train arrived

Just a moment later,

Puffing smoke and shiny red.

He’d never seen one greater.

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‘Get in!” the conductor cried,

“And help us if you can.

We need someone to drive this train,

And you are just the man.”

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William hopped aboard.

He heard the engine sputter.

“How do you make it go?” he asked.

“Just feed it peanut butter.”

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There never was a train like that!

The more peanut butter fed

The faster it would go,

And down the track it sped.

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A hundred miles an hour

A thousand, a million!

No one drove that peanut butter

Train better than William.

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How could William make that train

Do what it could do?

I guess he understood it.

He liked peanut butter, too!

© 2014 Karyn Linnell

Grandma

(This poem has nothing to do with any of my relatives in case any of them are reading this.)Mother Streusel

I have crazy grandma

Who goes to great extremes

When she tells me something

It’s never what it seems

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I had a birthday party

She said, “I will be there.

I got you a balloon.”

Turns out it was hot air

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“Hey, let’s go out to dinner,”

She said, so I got ready

We took a plane to Italy

Because I like spaghetti

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“Would you like a playhouse?”

She bought the lot next door

It has an elevator

And a gym on the third floor

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I told my mom, “I’m nervous.”

She asked me, “Why is that?”

“Grandma called to tell me

That she got me a cat.”

© 2014 Karyn Linnell

My Cat Does Tricks

(This poem was written for Michelle, who suggested I write a poem about cats. This poem is for amusement only and should not be used in the training of cats. In other words, do not try this at home!)

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They say dogs do more tricks than cats

I have to disagree

My cat does everything my dog does

And just as well as he

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My cat flies across the yard

When I throw a stick or ball

My cat comes to me immediately

When he hears me call

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My cat can swim the river

My cat can chase a car

My cat stays put when I say sit

Some think it quite bizarre

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How is it that my cat does more

Than lay there like a log?

I put him in a basket

And then strapped it to the dog

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© 2014 Karyn Linnell