Clyde and I

OK, this post is going to take some explaining first. In a recent reply to a comment made by fellow blogger and friend Diana S providing an update on the song that she and her daughter’s generosity inspired, I joked something to the effect that sometimes such projects take on a life of their own. Attempting to be witty (I usually end up being about half-witty) I thought of the silliest mental image I could think of on very short notice and added something along the lines of “And and who knows, before it’s done, it might morph into a song about a green giraffe named Clyde who is standing on his head eating a banana in the rain.”

That’s when the trouble started…

That phrase stuck in my head and wouldn’t leave. I knew I wasn’t going to get any sleep until I’d dealt with it. It became a challenge. Fortunately–or unfortunately (you’ll get to decide after reading it)–I’ve wanted to attempt to write a children’s poem or story that I could read to my grandkids as they got a bit older. So, I decided to use that phrase to see what I could come up with and promised myself that I would use every part of the silly phrase “a green giraffe named Clyde who is standing on his head eating a banana in the rain.”

Below is my first attempt in 25 or 30 years to write a children’s story.

OK, I’ve stalled as long as I can, so ready or not, here it comes.

Clyde and I
I went to say “hi” to new neighbors next door
And saw something I’d never seen before
When I say what I saw please don’t laugh
Because what I saw was a green giraffe!
He was standing on his head out in the rain
And the poor wet guy seemed in a lot of pain
His body swayed way up high
And his feet were stuck straight up in the sky!
I just stood there not knowing what to do
As he ate a banana that was bright blue!
I’ve seen yellow bananas, and green ones too,
Even brown and black ones, but never blue!
When I offered my umbrella
To that very soaked fella
He said, “Hi, my name is Clyde.”
Then looked at me with sad, sad, eyes
And with a sigh he said, “Silly me.
“I tried to untie a knot in a tree.
“Now what a pain in the neck I’ve got.
“When I bend it wrong it hurts a LOT.
“So I’m standing on my head to work out the kinks
“He explained between rain-drop blinks
“And I’m eating this banana to keep up my strength
“It takes a lot of muscles for a neck this length”
Then he thought for a while
And on his face grew a great big smile
“Would you please use my neck for a slide?
You’ll help my sore neck muscles if you take a ride
And I’ll bet that if you do
It will be a lot of fun for you.”
I knew right then we’d become good friends!
The End
–Russ Towne

A green giraffe named Clyde who likes to eat bananas while standing on his head in the rain…

About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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8 Responses to Clyde and I

  1. Very cute, Russ 🙂

  2. I wondered how you’d pull that one off, Russ, but I shouldn’t have doubted you. That was delightful and I know your grandchildren will love it! 🙂

  3. What a cute little story – love it!

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