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Two Ways to Count to Ten

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.


Two Ways to Count to Ten

Queen leopard decided one day

the time had come to wed her son

and train new Queen in her role play

but how would she find the right one?

Any animal with the lung

can count to ten while spears in air

Though Elephant arrived high-strung

with her dreams of kingdom to share.

The spear was tossed Elephant counts

one, two, three, four the spear hit the floor

the strongest of them were announced

and all of them left feeling poor.

For days each animal tried luck

to throw up the spear then numbers

the alligators tried from muck

an one by one the spear blunders.

One day Antelope took the spear

and danced a grateful dance to throw

"I count by fives, I win I fear,

one five, one ten, it flies I know."

So Antelope became the Queen

the Kingdom looked to her with pride

one more lesson here to be seen

more than one answer to be tried.

© 2022 Jamie Lee Hamann