Jumpity Jump! Slappity Slap!
Yellow coats and rubbers!
Puddle fun has just begun
and my boots are buckle uppers!
Crisp blue lines of a paper boat
listing toward the drain….
A great white sail like a great white whale
under the pouring rain.
A boy at four, a boy at five,
at boy at seventeen….
Puddle fun’s for everyone
Come see what I mean!
Tie your hat strings under your chin,
Raise your feet and splash them down…
Proclaim the world with a great big grin
The King of Seas has just been crowned!
Oh, how she sailed the length of ever
down that distant gutter of my boyhood home.
Never before was a boat so clever
Sailing to where my heart shall always roam…..
For as to second childhood I
Draw gently near,
With happy heart I see the why
Children are dear.