Groundhog Day

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    Grumpy Groundhog Gristletoe
    Lay snug beneath the ground
    When suddenly his slumber
    Was troubled by a sound.
    One eyebrow tweaked, one eyelid twitched,
    He muttered, “What is that?”
    Then drowsily he blinked and yawned
    And up in bed he sat.
    KERPLINK! KERPLUNK! “That sound again.
    Whatever can it be?
    Although I hate to stir myself
    I’d best get up and see.”
    So Grumpy Groundhog Gristletoe
    Climbed slowly from his bed.
    When he stood up suddenly,
    Two drops splashed on his head.
    “Ach me! The roof is leaking!
    Dunderhead! Kershpoof!
    Now I’ll have to leave my nest
    And go plug up the roof.”
    Then Grumpy Groundhog Gristletoe
    Climbed up his winding stair
    And pushed aside his heavy door
    And looked out everywhere.
    “Ach me! The snow is melting,
    But the skies still are gray.
    Can it really be so early
    That springtime’s on its way?”
    Grumpy Groundhog Gristletoe
    Stepped out and turned around
    But though he tried he couldn’t see
    His shadow on the ground.
    So Grumpy knew by groundhog law
    There’d be less time in bed,
    And that the joys of coming spring
    Would fill his time instead.

    [illustration] Illustrated by Jerry Harston