One evening in late December
I was given a night to remember
Even though it’s a distant time, now
I still recall it as if I were there somehow
All I ask is that you bear with me
As I recall this tale from my memory
The sky was blue tinged with pink
Not giving me any reason to think
Something strange was to come
But then I heard the beating of a drum
"What is that sound? Where do it be?"
Were the only words that came to me
So I listened on and on
Waiting for a sign of more to come
After fifteen minutes of obsession
Came an eclectic band procession
Walruses in front, tigers in the back
Elephants to the sides, horses in tack
Monkeys on percussion
Peacocks playing trombone
A gorilla playing xylophone
Lovebirds on the flute
Owls sticking to their hoot
I blinked my eyes
Twice with surprise
What was going on?
Had my mind gone?
But wait! There’s more!
Their lion drum major marching to my door!
I peered out my window
And the band began to follow
All the animals were smiles
As they played a song I didn’t recognize
The band came to a halt
Then began to play a waltz
Against my will, I began to dance
Making sure not to step on the ants
I danced like a fool
I danced with cockatoos
Then I began to get this feeling inside
I figured I could no longer decide
Against being friends with this crowd
As I looked around, then looked down
"What?!" I yelled with surprise
Was I seeing this with my own eyes?
My feet were different
Replaced with a heron’s!
I also had wings!
And a beak, among other things…
I shouted, "Why have you made me this way?"
"We are recruiters, and you joined us today!"
So now I’m stuck in the Animal Band
Playing the trumpet with wings, not hands
I hope you learned from me
Dancing with animals has a fee
And now if you hear the beating drum
You know the Animal Band is to come
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