Butterfly on flower settles prim
Cecil gasps in quick surprise,
Coloured wings attractive firm and trim
Reaches out, and insect flies.
Into air with sky effective shield
Fluttering in a gentle breeze.
Will it head for outside yonder field?
Jumps up in attempt to seize.
Settles quickly on an old deck chair
Barrier fence its safe retreat,
Swimming pool its safety chosen lair
Feeling safe from little feet.
Cecil gazing through the iron slats
How he wishes to be in,
Testing entry gate he quietly pats
Then he spies discarded bin.
Grunting pulls it to the entry gate
Finds a box as stepping stool,
Now he’s watched by little sister Kate
Cecil acting out a fool.
Kate alarmed calls for her mother near
Snipping in her garden patch
Mother shouts in sudden desperate fear
Cecil opens gate top latch
Cecil Jumps down in forbidden place
Mother rushes calling out,
Butterfly is gone there’s now no trace
Fails to mind his mother’s shout.
Heads for nearby water shimmering blue
Daddy takes him oft to play,
Cecil doesn’t seem to have a clue
Daddy isn’t here today.
Startled by their anxious barking dog
Cecil sways, then there’s a splash
Floats for moment like a rolling log
Mother grabs him in a flash.
Mother rushes spluttering boy inside
Towels his shaking body down,
In his memory fear will long abide
Lucky that he didn’t drown
Sister lisps that Cecil’s very bad
Cecil hangs his head in shame
Mother comforts her repentant lad
Says he’ll never do again.
Father hears the story end of day
Replaces latch with padlock strong,
Poolside not a place for children’s play
Without an adult there along.
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