Friday, February 10, 2012

Mr. Rooster


A few days ago I received word that my poem, The Crooked Rooster, was awarded third place in the Children’s Writer (Institute of Children's Literature) poetry contest. I’m so pleased. If you have children or grandchildren they might enjoy this bit of fun.


The Crooked Rooster

By Susan Sundwall

There was a crooked rooster
Who had a crooked crow
And everywhere the rooster went
He’d cock-a-doodle DOE

He could not wake the farmer
He could not wake his wife
He could not wake up anyone
To save his rooster life

Finally in despair one day
He went to Chicken Lou
Who told him what he had to do
Was wear his other shoe

“You cannot strut around all day
With only one shoe on!
It throws your crowing out of whack
And messes up the dawn!”

Crooked rooster limped away
All sorry for himself
He spent the whole day searching
In each corner, nook and shelf

That night he wandered to the barn
And said to Little Pup
“I’ve got to find my other shoe
Before the sun comes up!”

Little Pup looked up at him
She wasn’t one to scoff
“The answer to your problem
Is to take the one shoe off.”

“Why, I was thinking that myself”
The crooked rooster cried.
“I didn’t like them anyway
They always come untied!”

He bent and took the one shoe off
Then strutted through the door
And no one in the barnyard
Called him crooked anymore

So now the farmer and his wife
The pup and Chicken Lou
All rise up with the sun each day
To cock-a-doodle DO!

 Image: Idea go        


  1. What a great poem! I can't wait to share it with my 3yr old grand daughter. I am enjoying your blog.

  2. Thank you, Emily. That means so much to me!

  3. Susan:

    Congratulations -- very nicely done!


  4. I shared your poem with my kids and a friend that had spent the night. Our homeschool group had just had a poetry workshop so they were thrilled to hear a published poem from a real author. Rebekah was so proud to say her great aunt had written it.

    Great poem. We love it! Congratulations.

  5. Steve and Laura, thank you so much. It always warms my heart to know that people, especially little people, enjoy what I write. Hugs to the kids.

  6. Jennifer Brown BanksFebruary 14, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Congrats, Susan! Much continued success. I enjoyed reading this.

  7. Jennifer - I'm so glad you liked it!