A MOTHER, A COP, AND A GUMDROP

A MOTHER, A COP, AND A GUMDROP



 
 
Eager to get going,
Barney gulped his breakfast down,
Important things to do today.
His mom looked at him and frowned.
 
"Barney, tuck your shirt in,
You can't go out like that,
Slow down and eat your cereal,
And PU-LEASE - take off that hat."
 
Barney grinned; he loved his mom,
But she didn't understand,
The way that little cops behave,
But he smiled and said, "Yes Ma'am."
 
Today Barney had a mission,
To hunt down evil crooks,
He had lots of clues to go on,
And good ideas where to look.
 
He left the house with confidence,
He had a plan in mind,
And today he'd make his mama proud,
With his battle against crime.
 
He set up a stake-out point,
In the corner of his yard,
Where he could see the entire street,
A neat place to stand his guard.
 
He didn't have to wait too long,
'Til he saw, coming down the walk,
A naive and likely victim,
Unaware of being stalked.
 
And from the corner of his eye,
Another form appeared,
Could it be?  Aha, it was!
The crook was drawing near.
 
Barney trembled with excitement,
His heart beat fast within his chest,
The blood pounded in his veins,
As he watched the scene progress.
 
With speed and force the robber lunged,
And knocked the victim to the ground!
Then, like a shot, Barney rushed out,
And took the culprit down!
 
The victim, a frightened little girl,
Screamed, of course, and ran,
And Barney held the would-be thief,
Tightly gripped between both hands.
 
The tell-tale traces of the loot
Showed clearly on his face,
And gummy, gooey gumdrops
Were scattered every place.
 
Ah - evidence Barney should collect,
But he had his hands full with the crook,
Who was whining, barking, growling,
As his body squirmed and shook.
 
"BAD DOG!" said Barney sternly,
The poor mutt looked up at him,
Then for the first time Barney noticed,
How gaunt he was, and thin.
 
No wonder he went for the gumdrops,
Barney patted him on the head,
"Golly, you're a skinny thing,
You look about half dead."
 
The dog carefully watched Barney,
With its big and soulful eyes,
"Come on, boy, let's go home, 
I'll bet mom will be surprised."
 
So the mangy dog and the little cop
Headed for Barney's place,
Was his Mom surprised?  You bet she was!
You should have seen her face.
 
"Can we keep him, Mom, please, can we?"
"OUT!  OUT!" he heard her shout,
"But, Mom, the poor dog's hungry,
Ya' can't let him go without,"
 
"Okay, one meal, and then he goes!"
Barney's mom was adamant,
Though small, it was a victory,
And Barney felt exuberant.
 
Barney knew his mom was weakening,
When she put the dog's dish on the floor,
He could sway his mom; he smiled,
He'd played this game before.
 
"Look, Mom, I think he likes you,"
The dog rubbed up against her leg,
His great big doggy eyes sought hers,
As he wagged his tail and begged.
 
Good food, a bath, and brushing
Was the entire cost,
Of a forever, faithful friend,
Whose love could not be lost.
 
And that's the way our story ends,
Of the mother and the cop,
And a little dog befriended,
Whose name became Gumdrop.
 
Virginia (Ginny) Ellis
Copyright January 2003
 
 


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