My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I started sharing poetry articles back in 2013. Every year I share a poem a day in April.
Sloth Saves the Day
From the Air and the Earth a daughter
who would hang from trees till moss grew,
who would only leave home for water,
on her coat mixed with other mildew.
The squirrel would hide what he gathered
a small pile of red berries and nuts
where the sloth she would hang unbothered
and squirrel with a bird found shortcuts.
Sometimes the bird and squirrel would meet
to make fun of the hanging lazy sloth
who did not move when they took a seat
or when bird suddenly grabbed a moth.
So the sloth never bothered by jest
would simply remain hanging all day
just another hour or so to rest
to find conviction in what to say.
Then a spying Weasel found the store
soon interested in their treasure
and thought "What luck only sloth at door!"
this will prove to be simple seizure.
Yet when Weasel went in for the theft
sleepy Sloth just hung right in the front
and no matter how hard his heft
he could not dislodge her with sheer grunt.
So the Sloth only wanted to nap
used her claws on the weasel just once
then the Weasel still dizzy from rap
fell from tree as he played as the dunce.
Then she prepared for sleep once again
until Squirrel and bird woke her up
with a song with a dance and a grin
so dear Sloth would join them in sup.
"Though the dance and the song make me smile
I must admit that I am Goddess
who once lived on a lonely Greek Isle
and I go by the name 'Aergias'
though most creatures call me lazy
I am highly trained as a stealth guard
to try stealing my things is crazy
just my presence alone keeps things barred."
So the Sloth only wanted nap
closed her eyes to the squirrel and bird
after listening to her lengthy rap
let her sleep without even a word.
Then the three saved up for winter
and stayed fed during the worst of storms
even strong winds could not dislodge her
or disrupt her Goddess decorum.
© 2021 Jamie Lee Hamann