Mary's Unusual Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb;
Its fleece was not too white.
It was a vicious animal:
It loved to kick and bite.

It followed her to school one day;
It made the teacher sick.
The lamb became afraid, so it
Began to bleat and kick.

The children didn’t laugh and play.
They ran and screamed with fear.
The teacher wasn’t quick enough,
And soon she disappeared.

One child called the firemen,
The police department, too.
When both of these groups had arrived
The lamb grew wings and flew.

It flew out of the school playground.
It soared above the sky.
It made the children laugh and play
To see the lamb could fly.

It swooped across the countryside
And saw all that it saw.
But what? The lamb’s wings disappeared,
And it began to fall!

“Oh, I am surely doomed! ” he cried.
“Now it’s too late for me! ”
So said the lamb as he fell down
And crashed into a tree.

“Oh, I’m so glad that you’ve returned! ”
Poor little Mary cried.
“When you had lost your wings, I thought
That you had surely died! ”

Mary had a little lamb;
And he soon learned to be
A much, much nicer animal
To those like you and me.

by Philip Doolittle

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