LIZZY'S LION

Lizzy had a lion
       With a big, bad roar,
And she kept him in the bedroom
        By the closet-cupboard door.

Lizzy’s lion wasn’t friendly,
        Lizzy’s lion wasn’t tame –
Not unless you learned to call him
        By his Secret Lion Name.

One dark night, a rotten robber
         With a rotton robber mask
Snuck in through the bedroom window –
         And he didn’t even ask.

And he brought a bag of candy
        That was icky-sticky-sweet,
Just to make friends with a lion
        (If a lion he should meet).

First he sprinkled candy forward,
         Then he sprinkled candy back;
Then he picked up Lizzy’s piggy-bank
         And stuck it in his sack.

But as the rotten robber
         Was preparing to depart,
Good old Lizzy’s lion wakened
         With a snuffle and a start.

And he muttered, “Candy? – piffle!”
        And he rumbled, “Candy? – pooh!”
And he gave the rotten robber
        An experimental chew.

Then the robber shooed the lion,
        Using every name he knew;
But each time he shooed, the lion
        Merely took another chew.

It was: “Down, Fido! Leave, Leo!
          Shoo, you good old boy!”
But the lion went on munching
         With a look of simple joy.

It was: “Stop, Mopsy! Scram, Sambo!
          This is a disgrace!”
But the lion went on lunching
          With a smile upon his face.

Then old Lizzy heard the rumble,
          And old Lizzy heard the fight,
And old Lizzy got her slippers
         And turned on the bedroom light.

There was robber on the toy-shelf.
          There was robber on the rug.
There was robber in the lion
          (Who was looking rather smug).

But old Lizzy wasn’t angry,
         And old Lizzy wasn’t rough.
She simply said the Secret Name:
         “Lion – that’s enough.”

The old Lizzy and her Lion
      Took the toes & tum & head,
And they put them in the garbage,
      And they both went back to bed.

 

 

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