The farmhouse near the hill (a poem)

Lee Kayser
There's a big white farmhouse near the hill

It listens and watches quiet and still

Napoleon steps in crossing over the sill

Snowball slips out the back into the wintry chill


Benjamin has watched the rapid climb

And a donkey can live a long time


A big storm is brewing - see the red sky

What can we do - Are we all going to die

Snowball said as he strummed on his harp

We shall cover ourselves with a big green tarp


Napoleon agreed and so work was begun

On a big green tarp to cover everyone

We must hurry - we've no time to spare

He said as he motioned with a broad regal flair


Work progressed with a multitude of stitches

That soon revealed a multitude of glitches

There were those who exclaimed with fright

We must slow down and build it right


Napoleon exclaimed in a panicked flurry

No! We must press on - hurry - hurry

Jesters hurried stitching here and there

Willy - Nilly in great despair


Benjamin watched as quiet as a mime

For a donkey, you know, lives a long time


Very soon the tarp was done

But it just didn't cover everyone

It covered some moles and it covered some trolls

But others were left exposed to the holes


It covered some butts and it covered some nuts

But others were left in the rips and the cuts

Napoleon though would not make amends

Because, you see, it covered his friends


It's good enough he said with a smile

Let's move on now to the next mile

Numbers and polls are now quoted by Squealer

To convince us all that we need a healer


Squealer proclaims that we have "The One"

Who can save us from the heat of the sun

The carbon we exhale is trouble with a "T"

Learning to breath shallow just may be the key


If you don't try and if you are lax

You will be hit with a Cap and Trade tax

Now let's gather the blessed and oppressed

And see to it they all get assessed


Squealer is busy as I write this rhyme

A donkey, you know, lives a long time


Let's hurry now - Hurry we must

Don't worry - for this is change you can trust

Hurry - don't worry is now the new trend

And lenders will lend as we hurriedly spend


Mollie has moved and is living abroad

Where she can be regularly shod

And Boxer and Clover work on side by side

After all, there is no place to hide


The sheep move about repeating the stats

To the cows and the hens, the cats and the rats

The Russians it seems got rid of their Czars

So we took them in, and now they are ours.


Benjamin watched it all with nary a chime

For, you know, a donkey lives a very long time


Should we rise up and sound the alarm

By George! We live on the "Animal farm"

Note: Characters are derived from the novel "Animal Farm" by George Orwell
There's a big white farmhouse near the hill

It listens and watches quiet and still

Napoleon steps in crossing over the sill

Snowball slips out the back into the wintry chill


Benjamin has watched the rapid climb

And a donkey can live a long time


A big storm is brewing - see the red sky

What can we do - Are we all going to die

Snowball said as he strummed on his harp

We shall cover ourselves with a big green tarp


Napoleon agreed and so work was begun

On a big green tarp to cover everyone

We must hurry - we've no time to spare

He said as he motioned with a broad regal flair


Work progressed with a multitude of stitches

That soon revealed a multitude of glitches

There were those who exclaimed with fright

We must slow down and build it right


Napoleon exclaimed in a panicked flurry

No! We must press on - hurry - hurry

Jesters hurried stitching here and there

Willy - Nilly in great despair


Benjamin watched as quiet as a mime

For a donkey, you know, lives a long time


Very soon the tarp was done

But it just didn't cover everyone

It covered some moles and it covered some trolls

But others were left exposed to the holes


It covered some butts and it covered some nuts

But others were left in the rips and the cuts

Napoleon though would not make amends

Because, you see, it covered his friends


It's good enough he said with a smile

Let's move on now to the next mile

Numbers and polls are now quoted by Squealer

To convince us all that we need a healer


Squealer proclaims that we have "The One"

Who can save us from the heat of the sun

The carbon we exhale is trouble with a "T"

Learning to breath shallow just may be the key


If you don't try and if you are lax

You will be hit with a Cap and Trade tax

Now let's gather the blessed and oppressed

And see to it they all get assessed


Squealer is busy as I write this rhyme

A donkey, you know, lives a long time


Let's hurry now - Hurry we must

Don't worry - for this is change you can trust

Hurry - don't worry is now the new trend

And lenders will lend as we hurriedly spend


Mollie has moved and is living abroad

Where she can be regularly shod

And Boxer and Clover work on side by side

After all, there is no place to hide


The sheep move about repeating the stats

To the cows and the hens, the cats and the rats

The Russians it seems got rid of their Czars

So we took them in, and now they are ours.


Benjamin watched it all with nary a chime

For, you know, a donkey lives a very long time


Should we rise up and sound the alarm

By George! We live on the "Animal farm"

Note: Characters are derived from the novel "Animal Farm" by George Orwell