Thursday, April 12, 2012

30 Days, 30 Stories: Adventure of the Tumbleweed Travelers

Adventure of the Tumbleweed Travelers
Exploring the Mohave Desert
By Heather Nobles


He’s a rough, tough tumbleweed,

Rollin’ along the trail.

Lookin’ for a place to feed,

On a few lizard tails.



He makes a dusty whirlwind,

When the wind blows him along,

Through the brush and cactus,

As he starts to sing his song.



Cruisin’ the open spaces,

He picks up all his friends,

In his thorny branches,

That tangle, wind, and bend.

He’s singin’ his tum-tum-tumble,

Tumbleweed song.



Sonny, Ruthie, and Jorge

Just keep on holdin’ tight,

As they’re tossed all over,

Graspin’ with all might.

He’s singin’ his tum-tum-tumble,

Tumbleweed song.



Loud grumblin’ sounds are rollin’,

Along the darkened sky,

Sounds just like when my stomach,

Is hankerin’ critter pie.

He’s singin’ his tum-tum-tumble,

Tumbleweed song.



The sky is gettin’ darker,

The wind is pickin’ up,

Hold on, hold on tighter friends,

For soon we’ll be swept up.

He’s singin’ his tum-tum-tumble,

Tumbleweed song.



We’re on a wild river,

Rollin’ like a water slide,

We’re bein’ sloshed all over,

This hot, desert mudslide.

He’s singin’ his tum-tum-tumble,

Tumbleweed song.



OUCH! OH NO! What can that be?

A spiny thorn that’s scratchin’ me.

He’s singin’ his tum-tum-tumble,

Tumbleweed song.



The downpour is subsidin’,

The sun dries up the land,

The clouds are now a-partin’,

Were high up off the sand!

He’s singin’ his tum-tum-tumble,

Tumbleweed song.



Look, out there in the distance,

Watch the show high in the sky,

A bright, beautiful rainbow,

Take a deep breath and sigh.

He’s singin’ his tum-tum-tumble,

Tumbleweed song.



Be quiet, don’t make a sound.

It’s a BIG squawkin’ eagle,

OH NO! We’ve been found!

I wonder where we’ll tumble next,

North, south, east or west?

We’re singin’ the tum-tum-tumble,

Tumbleweed song.


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4 comments:

Joseph Ramirez said...

Allus did like a good West'rn... :)

Scott said...

Fun!

Julie Daines said...

Yay! I love desert poetry! Nice! Have you read Byrd Baylor?

Mel said...

Sweet...brings back awesome memories. Well done.