Ben the Brave Little Beetle Bug.
Nestled in a rare and exotic Persian rug,
lived Ben, the very bravest little beetle bug.
Many of his friends preferred to stay snug,
but Ben liked to go out and dance the jitterbug.
To get to the club, that was named Jolly Jug,
Ben had to sneak past a tough, ferocious thug.
Doug was the meanest bug north of the wall plug.
He was known to pinch and swing and punch and slug.
Doug lived in a filthy, fur-covered shag rug
beneath slumbering Brutus, the beloved family pug.
Ben would wait patiently each night for a tiny little tug
from his dance partner and best friend – Lucy the lady bug.
He would carefully inspect Doug’s grumpy ole mug
to assure he was sleeping as snug as a bug.
Then he bravely would venture, without even a shrug,
to go dancing with Lucy and give her a hug.
You may not think dancing is such a brave chug,
but consider the diminutive size of a little beetle bug
and how far it would ultimately be just to lug
your teensy-weensy body out of that safe and snug rug.
Cheers & Hugs,
Ben the Beetle Bug is another in a series of paintings and poems I am working on for a new children’s book. This new book will be kind of special because it will feature characters that are based on the grandchildren of my best friends. Ben is the first grandson of my bestie, Jill, and the first son of Jackie, my McHendy daughter, who first inspired me to start this blog.
Ben also brings to mind and heart a dear boy and his grandma (Gem) who are regular visitors here at TheCreativeLifeInBetween.com blog who were huge encouragers for my first book, Klaus the Mouse and other Silly Animal Tales.
Prints and greeting cards of all of these paintings are available in our McKinneyX2Designs Etsy shop as well, where you can also order a customized painting and poem.