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The grumpy old toad


Gary Mitchell and Amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation.

the grumpy old toad

boss there s a grumpy old

cuss who s always up for

a fuss he lives at the far

end of the road just under

the bridge a mean old toad

they call him grodey the

low-throated toad he s

so mean boss he curdles

barnyard cream

grodey burps groans and

utters rude moans

he s known far and wide

throughout the country

side for his obnoxious

tones he squats and

harrumphs as he grumps

and thumps little bugs

as though they were

stumpy little bumps

in fact boss he s not a

nice toad at all he trips

little salamanders and

makes them fall

when lovely ladybugs

pass by nasty names to

them he calls

i tell you boss grodey is

the meanest toad of all

one day prayer virgil

the praying mantis

happened by grodey s

little mud hut

grodey hopped out and

said tut tut

what s the matter says

virgil politely

you re the ugliest greenest

bug i ve ever seen says

grodey mockingly

i m sorry you feel that

way says virgil dismayed

i would change but i can t

make this color go away

grodey just laughs and says

so you re green to stay

and you ll ruin everybody else s

day so go along with you

turkey i don t want to be

seen with anybody so jerky

poor prayer virgil who was a

sensitive sort to begin with boss

was cut to the core and off he

went with feelings hurt and sore

i ll pray for you more and more

says virgil to the toady bore

pray for yourself i ve got all i

need - a quick and biting tongue

some ugly words and nasty

deeds a sour disposition

i m evil to a tee says he with

a hideous hee-hee

but boss something began

to happen over the next

few days as prayer virgil

prayed and prayed and prayed

grodey the ugly toad took

an awful turn he became

deathly sick and even began

to spurn his rude tricks and

nasty comments

he languished in pain and

misery and asked for help

from anyone in the vicinity

but boss no one came they

just avoided him all the same

and didn t care about his pain

all except for prayer virgil who

came by and offered his help

and care no matter if grodey

his feelings didn t spare

prayer virgil demonstrated

a love beyond himself

a love only christ can

manifest through a willing

soul - and grodey was

transformed to a loving

whole - even a gracious

toad - why it seemed that

even his warts began to erode

boss it just goes to show

what happens when a godly

soul begins to pray - and

love others the way he prays



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