From the Ants in Our Petnuia Bed
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From the book The Tighty-Whitey Spider
(to the tune of “The Marine’s Hymn” or “From the Halls of Montezuma”)
From the ants in our petunia bed
to the earthworms in our lawn;
they’ve been practicing karate drills
every morning right at dawn.
All the beetles and the katydids
and the caterpillars, too,
have been learning judo, tae kwon dotaekwondo a Korean martial art, a particularly aggressive form of karate, that utilizes punches, jabs, chops, blocking and choking moves, and especially powerful, leaping kicks.,
sumo wrestling, and kung fu.
They’ve been mastering the flying kick.
They’ve been breaking bricks and boards.
And I think they may have even learned
how to fight with ninja swords.
They’ve been marching all around the yard
to the sound of beating drums.
I would say they’re nearly ready for
when the pest control guy comes.
— Kenn Nesbitt
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Reading Level: Grade 5
From the Book The Tighty-Whitey Spider
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