Terrible Tillie and her sidekick, Boo

bushwhacked Patrick in the Toddler Room.

He hid in the toy box; he hid beneath the desk.

But they found him and they trounced him

and they scared him half to death.



They loved ole Patrick, but they just couldn’t quit.

He cried so good and he yelled so great,

they had to try most every day

just for the fun of it.


Then Kaitlyn came along and she joined in the fray.

The teachers watched in horror as she grabbed the clay.

Patrick cried, “Help!” then took off for the door.

Tillie batted an eyelash, Boo just smiled.

Kaitlyn gave a mighty yell and galloped on all fours.


Patrick sprang upon her back and rode a bucking bronc;

threw a lasso round the other two and gave them both a bonk.

Naptime came round just in time, all is peaceful now.

No one would ever think those two could  cause a row.

Terrible Tilllie and her sidekick, Boo.


If you come into the schoolroom most any time of day,

you’ll see the children playing in a most unusual way.

They pretend they’re sleeping, but everybody knows,

Those two are planning mayhem from their heads

down to their toes!

Terrible Tillie and her sidekick, Boo.


c.2011 Donna Swanson


About dswan2

Poet, author, columnist, lyricist, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife of 50 years. Born and raised in America's Heartland
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  1. Purple Chimp says:

    Love the drawings.

  2. Jaan Pehchaan says:

    If there were a little kid around me now, I would have loved to read this to the child! Here is mine: http://jaanpehchaan.wordpress.com/2011/07/03/imaginary-girl/

  3. Jingle says:

    impressive poetry for kids.
    keep it up.

  4. becca givens says:

    This is my first visit to Granny’s Tales … awesome!!

  5. Ali F says:

    That’s really cool, don’t know if it was intended but its got great rhythm!!!

  6. dswan2 says:

    Thank you, friends,
    I enjoyed visiting your blogs and I thank you for visiting mine. Rhythm? Nothing is ever intended in my poetry, just words and lines that satisfy the urge to put them down on paper – or a cyber screen. 😎

  7. luna15 says:

    oh this gave me quite the chuckle. and gave me pleasant memories of the past.

  8. dswan2 says:

    Hey, can you tell I worked in a Day School? My office had the observation window in for the toddler room. Every time I copied something I watched the toddlers until it was finished. Talk about a free show!

  9. belladonna23 says:

    you should be writing children’s stories!

    • dswan2 says:

      I do. I just haven’t published any. If you will scroll down through Granny Tales’ offerings you will find many. The one I put on this mornign, How Mocking Bird Got His Song and The White Bird are two of my favorites.

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