My Friend the Monster

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    Our vacuum is a monster
    Who gobbles up the dirt.
    He gulps up paper, strings, and grass
    As if they were dessert.
    He pokes his nose in corners
    And under every chair.
    And all the little cookie crumbs
    Had better just beware!
    He roars across the carpet
    And flips his tail behind;
    Then sneaks around a table leg
    To see what he can find.
    And though he’s always gulping
    Whatever he can see,
    He’ll always be my monster friend
    And never swallow me.

    [illustration] Illustrated by Phyllis Luch