This poem's worst flaw, I think, is a stanza I can't make myself get rid of because it tickles me so, but it does not fit with the rest of the poem. Can you find it? This happened, by the way, pretty much exactly as described. Again, I am waiting for one of my talented artistic daughters to illustrate it for me!
It started out a normal thing
We thought we'd get a drink.
We never knew the day would end
With everything in PINK!
You know the kind of day I mean
Very long and hot
We knew just what was called for then
Pink lemonade to hit the spot
Kylie thought the idea up
Rachel liked it too
And I can say I jumped right in
Like I always do.
You see, we love lemonade
We really love that drink!
But there's a way we love it best -
When lemonade tastes PINK!
Our recipe is something else
It's not just any brew
You start out with ginger ale
Cuz' water just won't do.
And to the ale we add a mix
That makes the pinkest stuff
Its secret is raspberries
Cuz' lemons aren't enough!
But first of course you need to find
The things to mix it up
We went to get the pitcher down
But only found a cup.
We looked up high, and way down low.
It wasn't either place
We looked outside and all around
Gone without a trace!
Then way up high I saw it!
A blender! That'll do!
I was sorry that I thought that way
Before our day was through.
We got the mix, We got the ale
We got our cups out fast
We got the blender from it's perch
We were ready now at last.
"Wait!" Said Kylie, "Don't forget"
"We need a stirring spoon,"
"Oh no we don't," I blithely said
"I'll show you why real soon."
Rachel poured in ginger ale
Kylie did the secret stuff
I put the lid on really snug
Though maybe not snug enough.
OK, I said, it's time to mix.
Who wants to be the one
To push this bright red button here
And get the job all done?
Well Rachel did and Kylie too
And if it must be told
I also like to push on things
Even though I'm old
So each of us put fingers there
Waiting with great glee
To push together all at once
And I said, "ONE TWO THREE"
The next thing that happened
Happened oh so fast
We had no time to think at all
Before the wet pink blast.
The ginger ale fizzed and grew
Right before our eyes
It bubbled to the blender top
We got a huge surprise
Like a whale blast from its blow hole
Or a geyser from the ground
A volcano set to spew its stuff
PINK DRINK FLEW ALL AROUND
The lid blew off! The liquid flew!
It splattered everywhere,
On walls and floor and clothes and skin
And even in our hair!
It was PINK and we were pink.
The walls were pink and cabinets too
The floor was pink, the sink was pink.
More pink than any pink we knew
We froze like fountains flowing pink
I've never seen the girls so still
I wondered how I'd ever clean
This record-breaking spill.
"Stay right there," I shouted out
And ran for rags and mops
Knowing I was splashing pink
In thousands of small drops.
Then back to Kylie fast as light.
I got her with the towel
And on to little Rachel next
Afraid that she would howl.
That was when Rachel said.
"Let's not tell our dad,
If he saw this giant mess we've made
I think he'd be SO mad!"
Hmmm, I said, mad you say?
I don't believe it's true.
Is there something wrong with lemonade?
Is that something not to do?
Did you ever slip and nearly fall?
Or spill a glass of milk?
It seems to me this pink mishap
Is something of that ilk.
Why when I really think of it,
I think it's quite amusing
Have you looked at your sister close?
She's pink and striped and oozing.
And you should check the mirror too
You might get quite a laugh
Can you decide which part of you
Is your pinker half?
It's in your hair and down your knees
Your face is rather spotty
GO on, go on, go look and see
In the mirror by the potty.
And I think dad will laugh along
It's just a giant mess
I'll wipe it up and while you bathe
I can wash your dress.
Then Kylie said "do you know what?"
It reminds me of that cat
Who cleaned a mess a lot like this
With kittens in his hat.
It struck Rachel's funny bone
Her laughter was contagious
Because when you stop to think of it
Pink IS quite outrageous!
We cleaned it up in record time
And then we all took showers
After that we made pink lemonade
And laughed and laughed for hours.