Said the Toad

By J. Patrick Lewis b. 1942
I was really in a muddle
looking over a mud puddle
'cause I didn't have a paddle
or a twig to ride the reef.
But I said, Oh, fiddle-faddle,
this is just a little piddle
of a second fiddle puddle
so I saddled up a leaf.
I set sail on the puddle,
but I reached the muddy middle
and I rocked the leaf a little,
then I gave it all I had.
And I solved the mighty riddle
of the whole caboodle puddle
when I hopped up on the middle
of a beetle launching pad.

J. Patrick Lewis, "Said the Toad". Copyright © 2011 by J. Patrick Lewis.  Reprinted by permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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Poet J. Patrick Lewis b. 1942

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Nature, Animals

 J. Patrick Lewis

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Former Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis grew up in Gary, Indiana and earned a BA at Saint Joseph’s College, an MA at Indiana University, and a PhD in economics at the Ohio State University. Lewis taught in the department of Business, Accounting and Economics at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, until 1998 when he became a full-time writer.

Lewis is the author of more than fifty books of poetry for children, which . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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