by Mr. Bang, age 8

West Yellowstone, MT

May 21, 2017

Difference Between Buffalo and Bison

Bison only live in America

Buffalo live in Africa and Asia

Bison have a big hump on their backs

Buffalo do not have a big hump

Bison have horns around two feet wide

Buffalo have horns up to six feet wide

Bison span from head to rump 12.5 feet

Buffalo span from 9 to 11 feet

Bison have a beard

Buffalo do not

Bison can charge you really fast

You have to be 25 yards away

That is the park rules


by Character Queen, age 10

West Yellowstone, MT

May 13, 2017


Dogs are cute and fussy

Not the least bit wussy

Cuter than mice

They’re rather nice

I wish I had one of my owny

by Mr. Bang, age 8

Medina Lake, TX

March 10, 2017


They fly and fly

Around and around

In the early morn

And chirp

Ever so sweetly

They fly and fly

Until they find a place

On which to rest

It may be a tree

It may be their nest

It may be just a pile of logs

Or the ground


So sweet, so lovely, so graceful

A flock of birds

Soars and soars

It looks like a mass of buffalo

There are so many in a herd of birds

by Character Queen, age 9

Medina Lake, TX

March 9, 2017

The Tree

The tree stands, still and somber

It waves to passersby

The tree

by Mr. Bang, age 8
Medina Lake, TX

March 2, 2017


I sit here in the early morn

Seeing deer rush by my window

So graceful, so peaceful

Like they have no predators after them

They go in big flocks

They run across like eagles

They eat from your hand

Deer are not at all afraid of you

They run in big crowds like buffalo



by Mr. Bang, age 8

Lake Tawakina, TX

Feb. 2, 2017

When the summer heat ends,

The trees shed their garments

And now there are just branches, branches

The lake, it’s dead trees are nice

for birds to land on

They don’t shed leaves

Who tells the trees to turn their leaves

Bright red, orange, green

And then brown when winter comes

And when the cranes eat from the water in the lake

There’s something I admire about them

So graceful, so still

by Character Queen, age 9

Lake Tawakina, TX

Jan.31, 2017

The Ducks

The ducks swim in circles

In ovals, and all around

Funny little ducks.

by Character Queen, age 9

Lake Tawakina, TX

Jan. 30, 2017

The Crane

The crane flies

Flapping, always flapping, away and then back again

In great circles

Until it rests on a nearby tree

Flying, always flying.


The crane

The Alligator

The alligator waits by the stream

For an animal to come

And then he strikes.

The Chickadee

The Chickadee sings in the early morn

Singing a song loved by all

The Chickadee sings in the early morn

A song that makes us leap with joy

The Shadow of the Tree

The Shadow of the Tree

Sometimes long, sometimes short

The tree never moves

Though the shadow is always changing.


The shadow of the tree

The Squirrel

The squirrel scuddles up, up the tree

For nuts, for berries

And then back down again

Busy, always busy, little squirrel.

by Character Queen, age 9

Lake Tawakina, TX

Jan. 29, 2017

The Sunrise

The sunrise turns the trees all red

And the horizon sheds rainbow light,

And in my bed I watch it all

Too bad Mr. Bang has to miss it.


The bent tree


the small stream

The Bent Tree

The bent tree stands in the early light,

Waving its arms in the wind,

Pointing, always pointing, to the little stream.

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