LOUSE FINDS A HOUSE

by: Emma Forbes
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Once upon a time, in a trench of dirt,

Louse the bug climbed up Mr. Pierre's shirt,

in search of a place she could call home

(perhaps on Mr. Pierre's half-bald dome).

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"I wouldn't mind living atop his head.

I'll make a bed, bumpy and red" she said.

So that is what happened when Louse moved in:

she bit and she bit with a big, wide grin.

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Louse relaxed, stretched out her arms and her legs,

then squatted and began to lay her eggs.

But Mr. Pierre, angry as could be,

dug his fingers into the family.

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"Get away, get away. Why must you scratch?"

And then, quickly, the eggs started to hatch!

They dispersed everywhere throughout his clothes.

"Oh, my shins, they hurt! I hope this pain goes."

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Later that day, Louse put her kids to sleep,

but a scorching hot burn started to heap.

"Our house is on fire, hurry kids, we must go!"

And they leapt from Pierre and that glow.

______________________________________________________________________________Next stop: the near man holding the candles;

their beloved moist cloth: now in shambles.

Mr. Pierre, as upset as them, too,

sat down with a fever and two soaked shoes.

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"Mommy, oh Mommy, I miss our old house!"

the little baby lice cried out to Louse.

"Kids, we'll move a lot, that's the life of lice.

But, look at the bright side--it's kind of nice.

A house does not matter; what you all need

is just to have blood, on which you will feed.

Despite where we live or the things you see,

all you need is each other: family!"

As a frenzied voice yelled "I've got a bug!"

Louse and her children shared one big, warm hug.

Happily ever afters will be found

In the trenches of France, so safe and sound!

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THE END
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