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Published:February 20th, 2012 12:52 EST
Happy Birthday! George Washington, Hey, Tell a Lie!

Happy Birthday! George Washington, Hey, Tell a Lie!

By Will Nixon

George Washington`s Birthday: Wondering

By Bobbi Katz b. 1933 Bobbi Katz


I wonder what I would have said
if my dad asked me,
"Son, do you know who cut down
my pretty cherry tree?"
I think I might have closed my eyes
and thought a little bit
about the herds of elephants
I`d seen attacking it.
I would have heard the rat-a-tat
of woodpeckers, at least,
or the raging roar of a charging boar
or some such other beast!
Perhaps a hippopotamus
with nothing else to do
had wandered through our garden
and stopped to take a chew.
We all know George said,
"Father, I cannot tell a lie."
Yet I can`t help but wonder ...
Did he really try?

Bobbi Katz, George Washington`s Birthday.
Copyright © 1992 by Bobbi Katz. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

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