This post comes thanks to Beth, who gave me a gentle nudge to expand on the one verse I wrote for fun.
Ten Little Tadpoles
Ten little tadpoles swimming in a pool,
when one little squirt said – call me a fool,
but I don’t want to hang around with you all day –
so he left the other nine and swam his own sweet way.
Nine little tadpoles swimming round and round,
when one little tad said – I have found
that swimming round in circles makes me very sick,
so I am quitting this round pond, super darn quick.
Eight little tadpoles swimming up the stream,
when one little guy said – in my dream
I saw a world full of tadpole games and toys,
so I plan on getting outta here, girls and boys.
Seven little tadpoles swimming up and down
when one little sprog said – you might drown
if all you do is swim and never, ever take a break,
I know that I need rest, I can hardly stay awake.
Six little tadpoles swimming up a storm
when one little guy said – I understand the norm
is for tadpoles to grow into frogs one day,
so what are you waiting for? I know I’m on my way.
when one little girl said – despite our super bond,
I sense a need to explore more of this world –
so off away she paddled, without another word.
Four little tadpoles swimming to and fro,
when one little chap said – ready, steady go!
and raced the other three to the farthest shore,
when he looked back, he couldn’t see them any more.
Three little tadpoles swimming side by side
when one little wriggler sniffed and cried –
why should my siblings have all the fun?
You two can stay right here, but I’m gonna run.
Two little tadpoles swimming half-heartedly,
when one little tiddler said – look here, see
I know you really don’t want me to go,
but let’s be fair, life here is far too slow.
One little tadpole gazed up to the sky,
feeling just a bit alone and wondering why
he felt so strange, but the swimming had to stop,
…….and one proud, brave little frog began to hop!
I confess that though I knew the French for tadpoles, I didn’t know it in my other languages, and the words are awesome and unusually different!
French – têtards
German – Kaulquappen
Italian – girini
Spanish – renacuajos
Dutch – kikkervisjes