the dark and rolling Ark
The creatures all were stirring;
They'd just begun to understand
Outside what was occurring.
"Our world is gone!"
cried out the Swan,
"Whatever shall we do?"
"I'm SO afraid," the Donkey
The Fieldmouse squeaked, "Me
The Lion, who was King of Beasts
Because he was so wise,
Could hear their cries of mounting fear
And saw it in their eyes.
"We must stay calm," he
"If we shall stay alive;
Let's see what each of us can do
To help us ALL survive"
From his abode, the Rooster crowed,
"I'll greet each day for
I'm first to wake at each daybreak
And have a fine voice too!"
The Horse said, "Someone has to
The grain and bales of hay;
This Ark is long but I am strong,
I'll haul our food each day."
Koala pried a sleepy eye,
"At climbing, I'm the best—
I'll scale the beams and carry seeds
To every birdie's nest.
Then everything with feathered wing
Will always be well-fed!"
Then he yawned, scratched his ear,
And crawled back into bed.
"That's SO sweet,"
"For you to help us birds—
Knowing we will never starve
Is too superb for words!
Instead of searching all the time
For food to keep us strong,
We're free to sing while on the wing
And fill the Ark with song!"
"We all must somehow stay
Spoke up the White-Tailed Deer,
"This Ark is huge from stem to
Not everyone can hear.
I'll spread the news to everyone
And tell what's going on…
With speed to burn I can return
Before you know I'm gone!"
The tall Giraffe choked back a laugh,
"My job is clear,"
"I'm the only one who's built
To see what lies ahead."
"My turn!" sang out the
With a wide and tusky grin,
"Giraffe can tell us where we are,
I'll recall where we've been!"
The Sheep cried, "It's so cold and
The young can scarcely bear it—
Let's make them blankets from my wool…
Believe me, I can spare it!"
"I know how I can help you
Sniffed loud the snooty Camel,
"I require less to drink,
Than any other mammal.
I'll gladly give my share to all
To help digest your fodder,
And promise not to be a grouch,
While I'm retaining water."
Skunk cried, "Oh, dear, I deeply
My squirt might take its toll—
I'd better stay out of the way
And practice self-control."
Monkey grinned from ear to ear,
"I, too, will do my part—
Time passes much more quickly
If there's laughter in your heart;
Let me will play the fool for you
(I'm told I'm quite beguiling)
And try my very, very best
To always keep you smiling."
A Butterfly came flitting by
Fresh from her dark cocoon,
"I knew someday that I would
But never dreamed so soon!
I'll be a nice reminder
That all things can renew!
If crawly things can bring forth wings,
Just think what YOU can do!"
Upon the cliffs of Ararat
They finally ran aground;
They left the Ark and headed home
With wisdom they had found.
And to this day all creatures know
When faced with stormy weather,
It's always best to face a test
By working all together.