To Janice VanCleave:
Author of fun science books for kids…
You are a lady who never saw a
problem you would not tackle!
Right in that field, she fixed her place.
…Please tell me it ain’t so!
‘Cuz there she was near face to face
with a shaggy buffalo.
There she sat quite prim and proper
an’ poised to strike her keys.
There jest warn’t no way to stop her,
tho, I ‘spect some were on their knees.
The buffalo was nonchalant
an’ stood there like a statue.
He entertained no plan to flaunt
his prowess nor his virtue.
So there he stood rock solid still
while she pecked at that keyboard.
This story would shore ‘nuff thrill
an’ be mightier than the sword.
As this epic drama unwound,
her hubby wuz ever alert,
makin’ shore her safety was sound
lest that big buffalo kicked dirt.
As scene wuz posed ‘neath settin’ sun
an’ a picture had been made,
was time to go, fer she wuz done
with this thrillin’ escapade.
So they eased toward the fence
an’ they carried all their stuff.
This wuz quite an experience,
but not so dad-burned tough.
An’ soon this picture would be sent
to the feller that did her books.
They’d gaze at it in amazement,
plumb thrilled at her awesome looks.
An’ I ‘spect the message got through
‘cuz the picture proved it wuz so.
Concentratin’ can be hard to do
when yore facin’ a buffalo!
Ol’ Jim Cathey
Jim Cathey July 2011
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