Okay, here's a 'twist'.
The word that rhymes is not in this poem.
Just for fun, I've inserted another word.
Can you guess all the rhyming words? Write them down as you go along... (no peeking, they're at the bottom)
An old man lived on the outskirts of town,
wore an old suit that was tattered and
His hair, snowy white, was always unkempt.
Because kids made fun, he was full of con-
Years back, when in school, he make a mistake.
He once, on her desk, put a poisonous -
Now he didn't know that the mushroom was bad.
and when she arrived, she got really -
because she liked mushrooms on all types of things,
pizza and pasta - and on chicken
But then she noticed - removed it from sight.
She knew about mushrooms and knew it wasn't -
She asked who had done it. This very young child,
didn't admit it - but sat there and -
Despite good intentions he misunderstood.
He couldn't admit it, now tell me, who
His conscience held hostage, he couldn't ignore,
Was this still a child that mom could -
Though all his emotions were torn far apart,
he learned a good lesson and made a new -
He started to give and help out the others,
helping with strangers, sisters and -
with their needs.
Just when we think that we've figured life out,
We let out our holler and let out our -
I learned that humbleness Satan will thwart,
and with good intentions, we still will fall -
far from Gods promise, far from above.
Once sacrifice fixed it but now it's His -
He later admitted to teacher, Miss Laurie,
"I thought it was good, I am very -
Well, she understood and the story ends here.
He learned a good lesson and had a good -
Wisdom was gained far back in his childhood,
He wasn't perfect but he knew he was -
Will Heaven we see, if we're very proud?
Will our pride cripple? Will we be -
Jesus gives life! Don't let Satan deceive,
for we are forgiven if we'll only -
For even the demons - they're shuddering still.
Do they believe, and do His good -
Yes, Jesus proves faithful, time after time,
so follow His footsteps and you'll always -
2009 louis gander - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Just in case you're unsure of some of the 'rhyming' words... here they are:
And of course the last word "rhyme" is correct