TUMBLES and TUCKER
By T.B. Charles
Author’s Note: The quotational text follows the pattern of Tumbles speaking first, followed by Tucker. The final quotational passage is Tumbles and Tucker speaking in unison. The additional dialogue is provided by an owl.
Tumbles and Tucker could never agree.
“Let’s go up to the mountains.”
“No, let’s go down to the sea.”
“But I like the mountains and a snowy sleigh ride.”
“But I like the ocean and the roar of the tide.”
“Let’s go to the park for a fun game of catch.”
“No, let’s sit by the fire for a quiet chess match.”
When they got to the meadow
Where the tall grasses sway,
Tumbles wanted some cabbage,
but Tucker would rather have hay.
“Cabbage is what all rabbit’s should eat.”
“No, hay is a rabbit’s most savory treat.”
So it went, all day and all night,
Each one saying they were righter than right.
All the forest animals from tunnel to tree,
Didn't understand why they couldn’t agree.
They had outgrown their burrow
And soon started to dig,
But ran into trouble,
Trouble bigger than big.
“What are you doing?
That’s not the right way.”
“It most certainly is,
It’s the way that I say.”
“We’re going to go east.”
“No, we’re going to go west.”
“But east is the right way.”
“No, it’s west that’s the best.”